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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 16:53
    URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/1280

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