The Role of the United Kingdom in the Recovery of Europe, 1945-1955 Cover Image

Az Egyesült Királyság szerepe Európa talpra állításában, 1945–1955
The Role of the United Kingdom in the Recovery of Europe, 1945-1955

Author(s): Anita M. Madarász
Subject(s): Diplomatic history, Political history, International relations/trade, WW II and following years (1940 - 1949), Post-War period (1950 - 1989)
Published by: Eötvös Loránd Tudományegyetem, Új-és Jelenkori Egyetemes Történeti Tanszék
Keywords: Ernest Bevin; Winston Churchill; Churchill’s three circles; Anthony Eden; missed chances; Third Power; Western Union; United States of Europe; EDC;

Summary/Abstract: By the end of the Second World War, it became clear that the role of the European powers fell sharply due to the US and the Soviet Union gai-ning ground. After the defeat of the Germans, a question arose as to how – with the help of which mechanisms and brakes – to be resort and set Eu-rope up. The post–war significance and role of the United Kingdom were quite controversial in the period under discussion. UK should connect to Europe or should follow in US’ footsteps, this was one of the most im-portant decidable foreign policy issue of the country. The newly elected Labour government, the leaders of diplomacy had to face this dilemma since 1945, whilst they had to handle the occurring crisis in domestic poli-tics appropriately. The operating – at first Labour then Conservative – governments’ European policy between 1945 and 1955 were shaped along almost the same concept. The idea was the following: they should help to recover Europe from the devastation of World War II, but only within cer-tain limits…

  • Issue Year: 2014
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 45-64
  • Page Count: 20
  • Language: Hungarian