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Other titles:THE ATLANTIC COMMUNITY - INTRODUCING THE UNITED KINGDOM [Alternative Title]
NATO DOCUMENTARIES [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: This American funded documentary, profiling the United Kingdom, was made as part of â€˜The Atlantic Communityâ€™ series. The intension of the documentary was to educate other members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) about British culture, politics, the post-war economic recovery and the role of its military within the NATO defensive framework.
Description: Britainâ€™s island status forms a key part of the documentaryâ€™s overall narrative. It is used to define the nationâ€™s character, to illustrate its role in global history and the nature of its economy. The maritime activities of fisherman and the vital lifeline of the Merchant Navy draw a link with the Royal Navy Yacht, Britannia. Returning with Queen Elizabeth II from a trip around â€œsome of her realms and territoriesâ€, the Britannia symbolises a more ceremonial role for Britain compared with its colonialist past.
It is affirmed that â€œBritain is an island, but a European islandâ€. With the Empire diminished, Britain is shown to be much more engaged in ensuring the security of its NATO allies, through a profile of the military arsenal.
Economically, Britain is seen as a powerhouse of industry and manufacturing. It is upheld as the worldâ€™s third largest producer of steel and largest exporter of automobiles. The great variety of its major industries include: coal, oil refining, ship building and locomotive engineering; but also include some more advanced technologies such as atomic power and jet engine production.
Other pastimes, jobs and institutions used to define the United Kingdom include: the NHS, football, agriculture, education and the arts.
Production Country: Great Britain
Production Details: North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Production sponsor)
Hollingsworth, John (Production individual)
de Harven, Emile (Production individual)
Beatty, Robert Rutherford1909-10-191992-03-03 (Production individual)
GREENWOOD, JOHN (Production individual)