British Suspicions and Attempts at Cooperation (Winter 1941–2 to Autumn 1942)

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:
British Suspicions and Attempts at Cooperation (Winter 1941–2 to Autumn 1942)

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This chapter explores how a general unity between the US and Britain, evident throughout 1942, resulted in moves towards cooperation between the two countries in South America. This cooperation came in the form of aligning the two countries’ blacklisting policies and collaborating in the supply of essential goods to the region. However, such cooperation as existed was continually hampered throughout the first half of 1942, as British attempts to forge a new partnership of equality between the two countries in South America were hindered by unilateralist tendencies in the US. This attitude fuelled suspicions among British officials and businessmen that the true aim of their US counterparts was to use opportunities afforded by the war to exclude British commercial interests from South America. Such anxieties were a cause of concern to internationalists within the US State Department. This group therefore attempted to quell British fears by instructing US representatives in South America to promote multilateralism in all dealings with Britain in the region. These attempts at fostering cooperation began to bear fruit during the second half of 1942, and there resulted in London a lessening of suspicions that the US was intent upon excluding British interests from the region.

Keywords: blacklisting; Britain; cooperation; internationalists; multilateralism; suspicions; US

Chapter.  12797 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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