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By A. Williams

Why is France so frequently relegated to the history in stories of diplomacy? This booklet seeks to redress this stability, exploring the connection among the USA, uk and France, and its wider effect at the conception and perform of diplomacy.

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There is some discussion of how the United States and Britain started to edge towards a clearer understanding of their mutual needs. There is a great deal more discussion of the issues that divided the erstwhile Allies and severely weakened their response to the growing power of Germany and Japan. This reveals a growing gap between the stated intentions of the three Powers in their wishes for the future of the international system and the stark alternatives that were emerging, none of them palatable.

But with hindsight we can see the diplomacy of, among others, Henry Kissinger as in fact re-positioning the USA in a position of quasi-hegemonic power (and not the ‘After Hegemony’ argument of IR specialists like Robert Keohane). Again, Presidential Library papers will provide a foundation for such developments as well as the relevant British and French archives. 22 France, Britain and the US in the 20th century 1900–1940 Chapter 5: The Carter and Reagan Administrations Two presidential periods that are often seen as antinomial are here combined to show how the United States cemented its hegemonic position both in the practice of IR and in the increasing dominance of a ‘RAND’-based managerial form of thinking about IR.

As the one European economy that could strongly influence events in North America in the nineteenth century, and America’s closest economic rival, attacking Britain was an effective way for American politicians to polish their patriotic credentials. 34 It has been observed that the American Establishment has often copied what they see as aristocratic British dress, style and even accent, meaning that any American politician who wishes to get accepted by a populist American audience would be well advised to look and sound more Main Street.

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