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De Gaulle's Challenge to America's Hegemony, 1962–1969

Geir Lundestad

in The United States and Western Europe Since 1945

Published in print September 2003 | ISBN: 9780199266685
Published online April 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191601057 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199266689.003.0005
De Gaulle's Challenge to America's Hegemony, 1962–1969

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The whole of this chapter is devoted to various aspects of de Gaulle's (and France's) challenge to US hegemony in the years 1962–1969. The account starts in 1962, rather than in 1958 when the general first came to power, because Washington was initially quite favourable towards de Gaulle. The first two sections of the chapter discuss this first period of transition, and examine the relationship between France and the US before 1962. The third section looks at the crisis years in the American–French relationship between 1962 and 1967, and includes discussion of the increased closeness of France and Germany and the Franco‐German treaty of 1963, and of de Gaulle's attitude to Britain's membership of the EEC—which was seen by the US as a very important element in strengthening the Atlantic framework. The fourth section discusses the US economy in relation to that of France, Germany, and the EEC, and the last one the final years of the de Gaulle regime.

Keywords: American–French relations; American–Western European relations; Britain's membership of the EEC; de Gaulle; EEC; European economy; France; Franco‐German treaty; French economy; German economy; Germany; US; US economy

Chapter.  15306 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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