Twentieth-Century Anglo-American Relations by Jonathan Hollowell (auth.)

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That did not happen, for two reasons: the Cold War and Britain's decision to move into the European Economic Community. These factors forced each of the self-governing parts of the Empire to reconsider its relations with both the United States and Britain. As the leader of the coalition against the Soviet Union and as the possessor of the deterrent, the United States now occupied the position that Britain had once held in imperial defence; it no longer made sense to deal with the Americans through London.

Edward M. House Diary, Series II c, Binder 14. 54 See Roy Watson Curry, Woodrow Wilson and Far Eastern Policy, 1913±1921 (New York, 1968), pp. 254±7. 55 Entry for 13 February 1919. Yale University Library. Edward M. House Diary, Series II c, Binder 14. 56 Nish, pp. 270±1. 57 Borden to Lloyd George, 23 November 1918. House of Lords Records Office. Lloyd George Papers. F/5/2/28. 58 Curry, p. 258. 59 See Dingman, pp. 79±80. 60 Entry for 28 December 1918. Yale University Library. Gordon Auchincloss Papers: Diary.

Yet in practice the organisation attracted and represented primarily those elite Americans who had supported American intervention in the First World War and firmly believed that the United States should have been more involved than it was in post-1920 world affairs. While CFR members might differ over the exact parameters of such involvement, the great majority shared this broad consensus. From the beginning the Council emphasised the influential rather than simple mass appeal: early speakers included Georges CleÂmenceau, the French President, EÂdouard Herriot, the French Premier, J.

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