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Trappings Trapped

(Summer 1967)

From International Socialism (1st series), No.29, Summer 1967, p.36.
Thanks to Ted Crawford & the late Will Fancy.
Transcribed & marked up by Einde O’ Callaghan for the Encyclopaedia of Trotskyism On-Line (ETOL).

Troubled Giant
F.S. Northedge
LSE/Bell, 84s

Dr Northedge analyses British foreign policy from 1916 to 1939. With a wealth of factual material, he contends successive governments failed to adjust themselves to changed world conditions. Imbued with conservatism, they tried to preserve the trappings of grandeur when Britain had slipped from being a first-class power.

We have a bi-partisan foreign policy at present. Dr Northedge’s study clearly shows a historical continuity extends from Lloyd George to Neville Chamberlain and – we might add – to Harold Wilson today. The world has changed while British policy remains the same – especially East of Suez. Dr Northedge’s book is obviously the fruit of painstaking research. He has assembled data not readily available elsewhere. For a long time, his work is sure to be regarded as a standard reference book.

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