Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Human Rights and the End of EmpireBritain and the Genesis of the European Convention$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

A. W Brian Simpson

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199267897

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199267897.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 05 December 2019

Britain and the Western Option

Britain and the Western Option

Chapter:
(p.543) 11 Britain and the Western Option
Source:
Human Rights and the End of Empire
Author(s):

A. W. BRAIN SIMPSON

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199267897.003.0011

This chapter analyses British post 1945 foreign policy, as adopted by Foreign Secretary Bevin, and of the origin of the idea of forming a Western European bloc, which Bevin was unwilling to pursue until relations with the Soviet Union had become impossible. It provides a history of the European federalist movement, and of the British government's skeptical attitude to it, and explains the change of policy in favour of forming a Western Union, announced by Bevin in early 1948 as a spiritual union. It gives an account of the Brussels Treaty of 1948, which embodied in its text the notion that the protection and furtherance of human rights should be central to the ideology of the western European democratic states, offering an alternative to Soviet communism.

Keywords:   Bevin, European Bloc, federalist movement, spiritual union, Brussels Treaty, ideology

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .