Chapter 4

A Special Relationship

Bridging the Europe–America Divide

A British View

Alan P Dobson

The Second World War was the apogee of the Special Relationship. British and American civil servants and military commanders and politicians used generally to work out policy… there were joint solutions to joint problems.

Lord Callaghan: British Prime Minister 1976–791

In the Second World War, in planning for the new economic and security world order and in the early years of the Cold War, while Britain’s relationship with the US was asymmetrical, there were clear and concrete grounds for claiming an indispensable interdependence. The scale of Britain’s role emerged in talks among US ambassadors in Europe in 1950. US Ambassador in the UK Lew Douglas ...

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