A Special Relationship: Anglo American Relations from the by John Dumbrell

By John Dumbrell

During this comprehensively revised and up to date re-creation of the highly-acclaimed textual content, John Dumbrell assesses how and why the Anglo-American designated courting chanced on a brand new hire of lifestyles below Blair as Britain many times "chose" the USA in its evolving overseas coverage orientation instead of Europe.There was once, he argues, no inevitability approximately this reaction to the put up Sept. 11 overseas scenario and its long term intent and clients nonetheless stay unsure.

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When asked for his reaction, he replied: ‘I’m from Chicago’ (Macintyre, 2005). Admittedly, the summit was in Prague; but Rumsfeld’s reaction would scarcely have been different, even if it had been in London – or, indeed in New York. A 1990 piece in the Washington Post entitled ‘Uptight Little Island’, compared the crowd at Royal Ascot to ‘the Cherokee medicine men on their reservations who, for a small fee, dress up in funny costumes and dance for rain’ (Stephens, 1990). In this immediate post-Cold War period there was actually something of a modest revival in journalistic Britain-bashing.

Third, it must be emphasized that important sections of the British left have been attracted by the democratic and innovative qualities of American society, quite apart from the pragmatic arguments, accepted by post-1945 Labour Party leaderships, for maintaining close American ties Anthony Crosland announced in 1962 his opposition to the view that ‘America is run in this crude way by a capitalist power elite’. Compared to Britain, in Crosland’s view, America was ‘relatively classless, and in some ways a much more democratic country’ (Cunliffe, 1986, 21).

In the 1920s and 1930s, popular anglophobia underpinned an Anglo-American geopolitical rivalry which, at least to some contemporary observers, had the potential to develop into actual warfare (Williams, 2003). Lingering distrust of British imperialism endured on even into the post-1960 era: for example, in the lack of American sympathy for British attachment to the Commonwealth. By the second half of the century, of course, the pendulum of power had swung westwards. The putative ‘American empire’, rather than the disintegrating British one, held attention.

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