Oliver Franks and the Truman administration : Anglo-American relations, 1948-1952

Michael F. Hopkins

Sir Oliver Franks served as British Ambassador to the US between 1948 and 1952. This was a seminal period in postwar history, which saw the implementation of the Marshall Plan, the emergence of the Cold War, the signing of the North Atlantic Treaty, the Korean War and the assimilation of the former enemy powers of Germany (or the western part at least) and Japan into the international system. During these years, Britain was regarded as the principal ally of the US in the east-west confrontation. This gave British policymakers an opportunity to influence both US policy and international developments. The British Embassy in Washington therefore had the potential to play an important role; so too did the Ambassador. This was not automatic, however, and it needed a talented ambassador to make the most of the political circumstances. Sir Oliver Franks was an extremely able individual, who was capable of making such an impact. Trusted by the senior figures on both sides of the Atlantic, he quickly established himself as an indispensable mediator between the two nations. This analysis reveals a great deal about the condition of relations between Britain and America, the mechanics of co-operation and the impact of a singular individual on international relations.

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  • Part 1 The ambassador, the embassy and the Anglo-American relationship: individuals and institutions
  • postwar relations
  • new ambassador. Part 2 Establishing a reputation: first impressions
  • Cold War allies. Part 3 Achievements: Dean Acheson
  • devaluation of the pound
  • part of the European queue or special partners?
  • the Korean war. Part 4 Difficulties: Anglo-American tensions
  • a new foreign secretary. Part 5 The return of the conservatives: working with Churchill and Eden
  • epilogue - end of a mission
  • conclusion.

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書名 Oliver Franks and the Truman administration : Anglo-American relations, 1948-1952
著作者等 Hopkins, Michael F.
Hopkins Michael F.
シリーズ名 Diplomats and diplomacy
出版元 Frank Cass
刊行年月 2003
ページ数 xvii, 278 p., [8] p. of plates
大きさ 25 cm
ISBN 0714653039
NCID BA63281804
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス