Anglo-American Relations in the Twentieth Century: The Policy and Diplomacy of Friendly Superpowers

Anglo-American Relations in the Twentieth Century: The Policy and Diplomacy of Friendly Superpowers

By: Alan Dobson (author)Hardback

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The relationship between Britain and America has been the most important bilateral relationship the world has ever seen. Dobson's concise and readable book covers the whole of this century and employs selected historical detail to expose the special relationship in its true light and in all its complexity. Dobson rejects tha claim that the US was ever hegemonical. Its realtionship with Britain - over the Suez Crisis and Iran in the 1960s and grenada in 1983 - clearly demonstrates that it had to bargain and did not always get its way. However, the two nations co-operated in every major crisis from the Great to the Gulf war, and together promoted liberal democracy and capitalism. The story reveals both more interdependence and conflict than has been recognised in the past. Nuclear, intelligence defence and other links betwen the USA and Britain continue to this day, but the importance of the `special relationship' has diminished for both countries. Have common interests disappeard to an extent that the scope for bilateral cooperation has diminished to insignificince ? It is in addressing this question that Dobson draws his conclusions. Coverning defence, economic, political and personal aspects of Anglo-US realtions, this book will be indispensible for students of twentieth century American and British history and international relations.


The lion and the eagle - of twisted tails and plucked feathers, a brief digression on method, identifying the contours of the relationship; assertion and response 1900-1919, resolving differences and changing defence policies, economic rivalry, the impact of war, associated but not allied; stability and change 1919-1939, debts, navies and economic policies 1920-1925, security and economic depression 1925-1934, the dictates of sentiment and the needs of self interest 1934-1939; in war and Cold War 1939-1951, intelligence, atomic and military co-operation 1941-1945, personal relations, postwar security plans, economic policy, an incomplete restoration of special relations 1946-1951; conservatively special 1951-1961, Churchill and Truman - Churchill and Eisenhower 1951-1955, the Far and Middle East; Suez and its consequences 1956-1961, into the 1960s; years of transition 1961-1979, economic policies, nuclear defence, sterling, defence and Bretton Woods 1964-1970, on loosing ones way 1970-1974, picking up the pieces 1974-1979; of interests and sentiment 1980-1995 and beyond, Reagan and Thatcher 1981-1989, changing and re-adjustments 1990-1995, concluding observations.

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  • ISBN13: 9780415119429
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 208
  • ID: 9780415119429
  • weight: 1406
  • ISBN10: 0415119421

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