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By Keith Hamilton

This e-book examines the 'Know How Fund', Britain’s bilateral technical counsel programme in post-communist significant and japanese Europe, devised in accordance with the tip of the chilly War.


The know the way Fund (KHF) used to be the technical tips programme which Margaret Thatcher’s executive introduced within the spring of 1989 to motivate Poland’s transition from communism to democracy and free-market capitalism. It was once as a result prolonged to different international locations of primary and japanese Europe and can be thought of a singular scan in what the united states secretary of kingdom, Condoleezza Rice, may later time period ‘transformational diplomacy’.


Drawing upon still-closed files of the cupboard place of work, the dep. for overseas improvement (DFID) and the overseas and Commonwealth place of work, this ebook explores the political origins of the KHF. particularly, the writer examines its impression upon the transitional method within the lands of the previous Soviet bloc; its half in attenuating the possibly destabilising results of progressive switch in Europe; the interdepartmental cooperation and contention to which its management gave upward push in Whitehall; and the hyperlinks cast among officers and the worlds of commercial, finance and academe in venture layout and implementation. the quantity deals new insights into Britain’s reactions to the cave in of communism in significant Europe and the Soviet Union; the function of relief within the making and behavior of British international coverage; and the importance of recent Labour’s institution of DFID as a separate executive department.


This publication might be of a lot curiosity to scholars of British international coverage, international relations stories, eu background, Post-Communist Transitions and IR in general.





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