About the author: Todd A. Good is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Grand View College in Des Moines, Iowa, and has previously taught at bowling Green State University and the University of Saint Francis (Indiana). He received his PhD in History from Bowling Green State University.
2003 0-7734-6875-7 Great Britain’s European policy during the 1950s was not the abject failure as other scholars have portrayed it. Britain needed to re-evaluate its relationship with the Commonwealth, Europe, and Atlantic circles in the 1950s to reach the point where it could apply for EEC membership in the following decade. The 1950s were important in providing the impetus to revise Britain’s external priorities. In sum, beginning with the WEU plan and concluding with the FTA proposal, this period signaled a ‘historical departure’ for Britain and for Europe and was not a reaffirmation of the status quo.