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A special relationship?British foreign policy in the era of American hegemony$
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Simon Tate

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780719083716

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719083716.001.0001

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US Dominance or An Anglo-American Partnership? British Perspectives on the Making of the Special Relationship in 1945

US Dominance or An Anglo-American Partnership? British Perspectives on the Making of the Special Relationship in 1945

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(p.55) 3 US Dominance or An Anglo-American Partnership? British Perspectives on the Making of the Special Relationship in 1945
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A special relationship?
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Simon Tate

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719083716.003.0004

This is the book's first empirical case study, analysing the Churchill government's perception of Britain's geopolitical role in 1945. Drawing upon themes from the earlier chapters, it argues that Churchill's government perceived there to be a ‘hegemonic division of labour’ within the special relationship - between the global economic and military dominance of the US administration and its own ability to offer leadership to the world order through influence and consent. In turn, the chapter highlights how throughout 1945 Churchill used this British influence to manipulate the American and Russian governments’ foreign policies, in order to allow the British government to continue to exercise an important role at summit meetings between the three countries.

Keywords:   Special relationship, Hegemony, Second World War, Winston Churchill, President Roosevelt, Potsdam Summit, Yalta Summit

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