A strained partnership?
US–UK relations in the era of détente, 1969–77
CollectionKnowledge Unlatched (KU)
This is the first monograph-length study that charts the coercive diplomacy of the administrations of Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford as practised against their British ally in order to persuade Edward Heath’s government to follow a more amenable course throughout the ‘Year of Europe’ and to convince Harold Wilson’s governments to lessen the severity of proposed defence cuts. Such diplomacy proved effective against Heath but rather less so against Wilson. It is argued that relations between the two sides were often strained, indeed, to the extent that the most ‘special’ elements of the relationship were suspended. Yet, the relationship also witnessed considerable co-operation. This book offers new perspectives on US and UK policy towards British membership of the European Economic Community; demonstrates how US détente policies created strain; reveals the temporary shutdown of US-UK intelligence and nuclear co-operation, and re-evaluates the US-UK relationship throughout the IMF Crisis.
KeywordsPolitical Science; International relations; Politics; Richard Nixon; Gerald Ford; Harold Wilson; IMF Crisis; diplomacy; US-UK relations; US-UK relationship; special relationship; transatlantic relations; foreign policy; 1969-1977; nuclear co-operation; Edward Heath; Europe; European Economic Community; Henry Kissinger; London; Mutual and Balanced Force Reductions; NATO; Soviet Union
PublisherManchester University Press
Publication date and placeManchester, 2014-05-31