British Business in the Formative Years of European by Neil Rollings

By Neil Rollings

This booklet questions traditional bills of the heritage of ecu integration and British enterprise. Integration debts conventionally concentrate on the countryside, whereas Neil Rollings specializes in company and its function within the improvement of eu integration, which enterprise historians have ignored to date. company supplied a key hyperlink among monetary integration, political integration, and the method of Europeanization. British businessmen perceived early on that eu integration intended even more than the removing of price lists and entry to new markets. certainly, British access into the eu group might adjust the entire panorama of the ecu operating atmosphere. attention of ecu integration used to be published as a posh, relative, and dynamic factor, protecting many matters reminiscent of pageant coverage, taxation, and corporate legislation. in response to wide archival learn, this e-book makes use of the case of commercial to stress the necessity to mixture nationwide histories with the historical past of ecu integration.

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EFTA was not, therefore, an insignificant market for Britain, and, combined with the Commonwealth, they together still constituted 43 percent of total British exports in 1963. Some of the EFTA countries did apply to join the EC at the same time as Britain, but even so, any preferential advantage in these two groups would have been lost with EC membership. Yet the importance of EFTA varied across products with some industries seeing little benefit in EFTA in its own right. The chemical industry is an obvious example here.

Old customers, even in countries which are starting their own factories, are clamouring for supplies and are rationed by 4 5 6 Christopher Lord, Absent at the Creation: Britain and the Formation of the European Community, 1950–2 (Dartmouth: Aldershot, 1996), 159. A. K. Cairncross, Years of Recovery: British Economic Policy 1945–1951 (London: Methuen, 1985); and Catherine Schenk, Britain and the Sterling Area: From Devaluation to Convertibility in the 1950s (London: Routledge, 1994). Sidney Pollard, The Wasting of the British Economy: British Economic Policy 1945 to the Present (London: Croom Helm, 1982).

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