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The London Ambassadorship of David K.E. Bruce during the Wilson-Johnson years, 1964-68

Colman, J 2004, 'The London Ambassadorship of David K.E. Bruce during the Wilson-Johnson years, 1964-68' , Diplomacy & Statecraft, 15 (2) , pp. 327-352.

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Abstract

Using recently released sources, this article offers a fresh perspective on the London ambassadorship of David K. E. Bruce in the years of Harold Wilson and Lyndon Johnson, 1964–68. Bruce's running of the US Embassy is examined, as are his views of the Anglo-American relationship. Further attention is given to his diplomatic management of the Anglo-American relationship in the context of the difficult personal relations between Wilson and Johnson and with regard to policy differences over the Vietnam War and Britain's position as a world power. It is argued that while Bruce did help to ease some of the personal strains between Wilson and Johnson, he was generally less significant to the White House than has previously been asserted. It is also contended that his vision of Britain joining the EEC, yet retaining extensive military commitments beyond Europe was not viable.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > J Political Science > JL Political institutions (America except United States)
Subjects / Themes > J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
Subjects / Themes > D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
Subjects / Themes > E History America > E11 America (General)
Subjects / Themes > D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D839 Post-war History, 1945 on
Memory, Text and Place
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences > Centre for European Security
Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences
Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: Diplomacy & Statecraft
Publisher: Routledge Taylor & Francis
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 09592296
Depositing User: H Kenna
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2009 13:52
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 15:53
URI: http://usir.eprints.org/id/eprint/1280

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