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Introduction

Thomas C. Mills

in Post-War Planning on the Periphery

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780748643882
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780748676699 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748643882.003.0001
Introduction

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The introduction presents the central argument of the book, the main themes and issues explored, and the scope of the work. The central argument is located within the wider context of Anglo-American economic diplomacy, and the broader ‘special relationship’ that developed between the US and Britain during the Second World War. This entails briefly exploring how Anglo-American economic diplomacy factored with regard to regions other than South America – such as the Middle East and the British Empire – and in relation to important industries, such as petroleum and civil aviation. In order to provide further context this chapter discusses the general economic fortunes of the US and Britain during the wartime period, and the overall framework within which policy towards South America was formulated by each country. By presenting the current study in the broader context of Anglo-American relations during the Second World War the introduction emphasises the wider significance of this book and its contribution to scholarship.

Keywords: Anglo-American relations; Britain; Second World War; South America; special relationship; US

Chapter.  9819 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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