Britain, Europe and Civil Nuclear Energy, 1945–62

Power Politics

  • Martin Theaker

Part of the Britain and the World book series (BAW)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Martin Theaker
    Pages 1-24
  3. Martin Theaker
    Pages 103-137
  4. Martin Theaker
    Pages 253-282
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 283-297

About this book


This book examines the role played by civil nuclear energy in Britain’s relationship with Europe between the end of the Second World War and London’s first application to join the European Communities. Tracing the development of the British nuclear programme as it emerged as a global leader in constructing the world’s first atomic power stations, it analyses how the threat of energy shortages throughout the 1950s presented ministers with a golden opportunity to utilise nuclear cooperation as an instrument to influence the political shape of Europe. Importantly, this book will show how this chance was missed by ministers due to a combination of disorganization and diplomatic pressure, as well as a perennial lack of domestic resources. In so doing, this book joins the long-disconnected historiographies of European integration and nuclear energy to offer a new perspective on both scholarly fields.


European Economic Community Atomic energy Post-war European integration Diplomacy Politics Science Collaboration Euratom

Authors and affiliations

  • Martin Theaker
    • 1
  1. 1.Independent ScholarBirminghamUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-73926-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-73927-4
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