Book review: Britain’s Europe: A Thousand Years of Conflict and Cooperation by Brendan Simms

By Ian Irvine   June 2016

Britians Europe.indd Allen Lane, £20

“They talk as if England were not in Europe,” was Edmund Burke’s retort to his critics, who believed that simply being an island was sufficient security against the threat of the French Revolution. Burke’s geopolitical understanding lies at the heart of this book. Brendan Simms (like Burke, another Irish enthusiast for the United Kingdom and a professor of the history of international relations at Cambridge) has written a trenchant, provocative account of the intimate relations of Britain and Europe and how each shaped the other.

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