The Foreign Office, Commerce, and British Foreign Policy

The Foreign Office, Commerce, and British Foreign Policy

How has the Foreign Office supported British commerce? And how has commerce shaped British foreign policy?

At this book launch, historians discussed the changing attitudes of British diplomats to trade promotion during the Cold War, decolonisation, and the UK's relative economic decline. 

Case studies from across the world illustrated how the Foreign Office supported UK firms, created markets, and continued Britain's ceaseless quest for trade.

Listen to the podcast: Commerce & British Foreign Policy

Download the podcast: Commerce & British Foreign Policy

Event recorded 29th November 2017 


Biographies from time of event

James Ellison is Reader in International History at Queen Mary University of London and Deputy Chair of the British International History Group.

John Fisher is Senior Lecturer in International History at the University of the West of England - Bristol.

Keith Hamilton is Visiting Professor, King's College London, and former senior editor of Documents on British Policy Overseas, Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Effie Pedaliu is a Visiting Fellow at LSE IDEAS and Co-editor of the Palgrave Book Series Security, Conflict and Cooperation in the Contemporary World.

Richard Smith (@rsmith99) is Senior Historian at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and Editor of Documents on British Policy Overseas.

Chair: Piers Ludlow is Deputy Head of Department and Director of Teaching Programmes at the LSE Department of International History.


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