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Anglo-German Relations During the Labour Governments 1964-70NATO Strategy, Detente and European Integration$
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Terry Macintyre

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780719076008

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719076008.001.0001

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Anglo-German relations in 1964 – continuity or change?

Anglo-German relations in 1964 – continuity or change?

(p.19) Chapter 1 Anglo-German relations in 1964 – continuity or change?
Anglo-German Relations During the Labour Governments 1964-70

Terry Macintyre

Manchester University Press

This chapter sets the scene for the book. It establishes the state of relations between Britain and Germany as the Labour government took office, as a yardstick against which to determine whether continuity or change marked the following six years. It also explores the domestic pressures — economic, party political and public opinion — that motivated actions by Harold Wilson and his ministers, especially in the period immediately after October 1964. In this period, there were incidents that might have had a damaging and lasting effect upon the understanding between Britain and Germany, but both governments recognised that ultimately their interests were better served by a good relationship, and agreed to increase their bilateral contacts to ensure that the improvement in relations that had been fostered by the previous Conservative government was maintained.

Keywords:   Labour government, Britain, Germany, Europe, domestic pressures, Harold Wilson

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