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By John Dumbrell

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ISBN-13: 9781403987754

During this comprehensively revised and up to date new version of the highly-acclaimed textual content, John Dumbrell assesses how and why the Anglo-American designated courting came upon a brand new rent of lifestyles lower than Blair as Britain many times "chose" the USA in its evolving international coverage orientation instead of Europe.There was once, he argues, no inevitability approximately this reaction to the put up 11th of September overseas state of affairs and its long term purpose and clients nonetheless stay doubtful.

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Anglo-American elite and public attitudes have been moulded, especially since the middle years of the twentieth century, by this shift in power. As Colonel Robert R. McCormick of the Chicago 22 A Special Relationship Tribune remarked, in an anecdote related by John Kenneth Galbraith: ‘The British are no longer important enough for me to dislike’ (Galbraith, 1981, 294). For Dean Acheson, American secretary of state from 1949 to 1953, Britain was the country which had lost an empire and not found a role.

US perceptions of Britain are greatly complicated by the problem of ‘British’, ‘English’, and ‘Anglo’ identity. As Andrew Gamble (2003, 42–3) reminds us, the Roman term, ‘Britain’ was revived in the sixteenth century as a synonym for ‘England’ and in the twentieth century as a term designating England, Scotland and Wales, possibly Northern Ireland as well. The term ‘Kingdom of Great Britain’ came into use after 1707. The ‘United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland’ was formed in 1801 and the ‘United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland’ in 1921.

Readers of the (American) Council on Foreign Relations journal, Foreign Affairs, were informed in 1968 that Britain’s ‘root problem’ was that ‘she has been attempting for too long to do more than her own capabilities, as currently mobilized and motivated, could support or afford’ (Roosa, 1968, 503). Rather poignantly, when the debate over American international decline erupted after the defeat in Vietnam, US commentators looked to Britain as a power which had trod this road before. It was even an Englishman, Paul Kennedy, the Yale historian, who gave the most prominent notice of decline in his 1988 book, The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers.

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