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  • Foreign Synoptic Continuity and Change question.
    • Change
      • USA - No Special Relationship - Suez, 1965 - 80, Vietnam, Heath - Europe over the USA, Yom Kippur.
      • EU - Heath - Didn't want difficult relations with Europe as wanted to join, Blair wanted to put us at the centre of Europe - 03, Tried 3 times to get in. Out - 1951 In - 2007.
      • Not a power - Goodbye Great Britain, Long post Suez hangover 1965 - 82 , 70's - Vietnam.
      • Loss of Empire - 1951 - Had empire - Lost Palestine and India, turning point post Suez, Winds of Change, Thatcher - Zimbabwe handed over, Blair hands over Hong Kong, No delusions that Britain was no longer a superpower.
    • Continuity
      • USA - Special Relationship - Margaret and Reagan, Blair and Bush.
      • EU - Difficult Relations, Not joining in the beginning, 75 referendum, Budget, No,No,No, Bruges, Major.
      • Sign Power - NATO, G8, UN, Atom/Nuclear bomb, 73 in the EEC. In world conflicts apart from 60's to mid 80's.
      • Middle East - Suez, Gulf War, Iraq, Yom Kippur, All about oil.
    • Conclusion: Great continuity from 1951 to 2007 but not continuous from the mid 60's to mid 80's the exception.

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