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264 Pages

9.2 x 6.1 inches

ISBN: 9780719078712


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British National Identity and Opposition to Membership of Europe, 1961-63

The Anti-Marketeers

Robert F. Dewey, Jr

Published by Manchester University Press

  • Analyses the dominant role played by constructions of national identity in shaping the arguments forwarded by these early Eurosceptics
  • Draws extensively on a range of primary sources, including pressure group pamphlets, speeches, campaign literature and newsletters, the popular press (Daily Express in particular), BBC broadcasts, Labour and Conservative Party archives, personal papers and interviews with participants
  • Offers a unique approach that is less concerned with policy formulation and elite opinion in Whitehall and Westminster than it is with populist expression and the nationalist responses to European policy
  • Offers an original analytical framework, tailored around conceptions of national identity both as a feature in populist responses to Britain's overture to Europe and in its strategic employment as a vehicle, among the anti-Marketeers
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