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British foreign policy, the United States and Europe, 1945-1950

Poole, Peter David (2011)
M.Phil. thesis, University of Birmingham.

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During the Second World War, recognizing the limits of Britain’s ability to respond to a post-war continental threat, the Foreign Office pursued a number of initiatives to engage the United States in Europe. Whilst unable to overcome American reluctance to engage directly in Europe, the British successfully gained their commitment to a new international organisation, which became the United Nations. In the aftermath of war Britain’s status as a world power was undermined by her economic dependence on the United States, and the perception of the two new superpowers that Britain was now only a junior partner in the tripartite alliance. However, the alliance was fragile, and by responding to the events of the five years after the war, the Foreign Office, making the most of its limited resources, succeeded in engaging the United States in Western European reconstruction and security. But whereas the Foreign Office had earlier believed that they could exploit the power of the United States to enhance Britain’s status, by 1950 the Americans had, ironically, recognized that the support of Britain and her Empire would enhance their policy of containing the Soviet Union.

Type of Work:M.Phil. thesis.
Supervisor(s):Lucas, W. Scott
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Arts & Law
Department:Department of Modern History, School of Historical Studies
Subjects:HC Economic History and Conditions
DK Russia. Soviet Union. Former Soviet Republics
E151 United States (General)
DA Great Britain
Institution:University of Birmingham
ID Code:1710
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