Harold Macmillan and the Berlin Wall Crisis, 1958–62

The Limits of Interests and Force

  • John P. S. Gearson

Part of the Studies in Military and Strategic History book series (SMSH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. John P. S. Gearson
    Pages 1-6
  3. John P. S. Gearson
    Pages 7-32
  4. John P. S. Gearson
    Pages 33-55
  5. John P. S. Gearson
    Pages 56-78
  6. John P. S. Gearson
    Pages 79-110
  7. John P. S. Gearson
    Pages 111-137
  8. John P. S. Gearson
    Pages 138-164
  9. John P. S. Gearson
    Pages 165-198
  10. John P. S. Gearson
    Pages 199-204
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 205-281

About this book


Drawing on newly released government papers, John Gearson assesses the development of Harold Macmillan's foreign policy during the Berlin Wall Crisis. Tracing the bitter alliance disputes of the crisis, Dr Gearson shows how Macmillan's attempts to chart an independent course, crucially undermined his standing with his European partners and revealed his confused approach to European security. Berlin is placed at the centre of consideration of British foreign policy, making this book an important contribution to the historiography of the period.


Britain Europe foreign policy government historiography Policy

Authors and affiliations

  • John P. S. Gearson
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of War StudiesKing’s CollegeLondonUK

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1998
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-39900-0
  • Online ISBN 978-0-230-38013-4
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