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:

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The fundamental conclusion of this book is that Anglo-American relations in South America during the Second World War failed to conform to the pattern of economic diplomacy whereby the US advocated multilateralism against British opposition. It was, in fact, Britain that eventually became the chief proponent of multilateralism in diplomacy concerning South America. But while the British government was able to form a consensus around promoting multilateralism in this setting, the same cannot be said of the Roosevelt administration. This book therefore demonstrates that, far from being immovably opposed to a more liberal economic order in the post-war era, Britain was open to the idea, so long as it could retain the export markets necessary to compete in such a system. Conversely, the book demonstrates the limits of the US commitment to multilateralism when this ambition came up against conflicting priorities. By demonstrating that in South America it was Britain that promoted multilateralism and the US that followed policies that endangered the successful implementation of such a system, this book offers an alternative picture to that which emerged in general negotiations and in those relating to other parts of the world.

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

Chapter.  3401 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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