By M. Hopkins, M. Kandiah, G. Staerck

Britain and the chilly battle, 1945-1964 bargains new views on ways that Britain fought the chilly struggle, and illuminates key parts of the coverage formula technique. It argues that during some ways Britain and the USA perceived and dealt with the probability posed via the Communist bloc in related phrases: however, Britain's carrying on with international commitments, post-war monetary difficulties and somestic concerns obliged her once in a while to take on the possibility particularly in a different way.

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44 It didn’t. The extent to which Cold War thinking permeated Conservative thinking can be seen in the November 1951 General Election manifesto. 45 Conclusions Most Conservatives believed, and many commentators have agreed, that in the aftermath of the Party’s defeat at the 1945 general election a ‘New Conservatism’ was born. This amounted, in their opinion, to a ‘revolution’, which was the result of, first, the experiences of governing as part of a broad coalition during the Second World War and, second, an accommodation to the welfare state that was being created by the first post-war Labour Government.

47 In these analyses the influence of the Cold War on the party’s domestic policy development and subsequent revival is seen to be largely marginal, though fortuitous. What this chapter aims to illustrate is the vital role of the Cold War in the shaping of modern Conservatism. As has been shown, Conservative antipathy toward the Soviet Union went right back to the Bolshevik Revolution and from that time onwards the Conservatives sought to combat it domestically. In the inter-war period they did so by projecting themselves as the party of patriotism and common sense.

33 These activities were not exclusively domestic. 34 The Conservatives opposed Labour’s extensive use of governmental controls using explicit Cold War language. They launched an ‘Anti-Socialist Front’ concomitantly with the Industrial Charter. This Front took the form of an agreement between the Conservative and National Liberal Party35 to fight what they called Labour’s ‘mis-government’. ’36 Anthony Eden explained why Conservatives opposed controls: Communism today suppresses all freedom of worship and every other freedom wherever it can seize power.

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