Britain and Europe since 1945

Historiographical perspectives on integration

By Oliver Daddow

Britain and Europe since 1945

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-8216-0
  • Pages: 264
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £17.99
  • Published Date: June 2011
  • BIC Category: Humanities / European history, Humanities / Postwar 20th century history, from c 1945 to c 2000, HISTORY / Europe / General, HISTORY / Modern / 20th Century, European history, Modern History, History


This important book offers a refreshing and challenging perspective on the nature of history by analysing the character, role, functioning and wider uses of historiography. Taking British policies towards European integration since the Second World War as a case study, the author demonstrates how its interpretation and reportage over time is subject to changing trends. Seeking to explain these trends in terms of the different conceptions of the past which are maintained by different schools of writing, it forces us to confront the fundamental difficulties we encounter in undertaking studies in history. It draws attention to the impact on historical interpretation of changing times, political discourse, the opening of archives, and of subjects being brought to the fore by professional historians.


List of abbreviations
List of images
Introduction: Using history, making policy
1. Method and argument
2. The orthodox school
3. The revisionist school
4. The historiography in current perspective
Conclusion: Historians and historiography
Rethinking the history debate
Policy-relevant history
Future research


Oliver Daddow is Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at Loughborough University

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