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The Wilson governments, 1964–1970

Rhiannon Vickers

in The Labour Party and the World

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780719067464
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781703243 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719067464.003.0004
The Wilson governments, 1964–1970

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This chapter examines the foreign policy of the Labour Party under Harold Wilson as party leader and as British Prime Minister. It explains that, despite Wilson's unsuccessful bid to join the European Community, the withdrawal of British troops from east of the Suez Canal and the economic decline of Great Britain, Wilson continued to present himself as a player on the world stage. The chapter discusses Wilson's position on the Vietnam War and highlights his attachment to Britain's world role and its imperial legacy.

Keywords: foreign policy; Labour Party; Harold Wilson; Prime Minister; European Community; economic decline; Vietnam War; imperial legacy; Great Britain

Chapter.  14701 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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