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US Criticisms and British Mollification (Autumn 1939 to Winter 1941–2)

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/9780748643882.003.0003
US Criticisms and British Mollification (Autumn 1939 to Winter 1941–2)

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This chapter explores criticisms of British trade practices in South America from a variety of sources within the US. The recurring theme of this criticism was that Britain was following policies ostensibly aimed at advancing the Allied war effort that in fact harmed US commercial interests in South America, while advancing Britain's own. While on one level these criticisms were a legitimate response to British connivance, various groups within the US inflated them to advance their own agendas. Combined, these groups represented indications from within the US of a wish to exclude Britain from South America in the post-war period. While there was a keen desire within Britain to resist this effort, as criticisms of British trade practices in South America became an increasingly prominent political issue in the US, they were consequently viewed as a threat to ensuring the benevolence of the Roosevelt administration. The British government therefore took a variety of steps to pacify US criticisms of British commercial activities in South America. This resulted in a contraction of British economic interests in the region, and in this sense, an early success on the part of factions within the US aiming to exclude British interests from South America.

Keywords: criticisms; South America; trade practices; US; Britain

Chapter.  10227 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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