Britain, Europe and national identity : self and other in international relations / Justin Gibbins.
- Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.
viii, 224 pages ; 23 cm
- European Union -- Great Britain.
Great Britain -- Relations -- European Union countries.
European Union countries -- Relations -- Great Britain.
National characteristics, British.
Group identity -- Great Britain.
- "Britain's stormy relationship with the European Union is a frequently cited illustration of a Eurosceptic state par excellence. Possessive of a strong national identity, a unique island status, a plethora of wartime experiences and a tenacious hold over its sovereignty, Britain has long been invested with an 'awkward partner' status. This study seeks to unravel such presuppositions to answer the central research question: How has British national identity been forged and constructed by competing political elite visions of Europe? It patterns Britain's national identity over a number of important historical milestones and brings the debates over Europe up-to-date with an analysis of recent happenings including the referendum on Scottish independence, the global economic crisis and the current crisis in Syria"-- Provided by publisher.
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1. Introduction 2. Theory and Method 3. The European Communities Membership Referendum 4. The Maastricht Treaty 5. The Treaty of Lisbon 6. Accounting for Change
The Evolution of National Identities 7. Conclusion: Post-Lisbon and British National Identity.
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
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