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Portrait of an institution: The US Embassy in London, 1945-53.

Colman, J 2009, 'Portrait of an institution: The US Embassy in London, 1945-53.' , The Hague Journal of Diplomacy, 4 (3) , pp. 339-360.

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Abstract

The US Embassy in London has long played a leading institutional role in the Anglo-American relationship, but few historians have examined that role. Th is article covers the early Cold War era of 1945-1953 — a formative period in the Anglo-American relationship — and considers issues such as the Embassy’s organization, the range of work in which it participated and the contributions of the successive ambassadors. Prominent policy issues during this period included the European Recovery Plan and the Berlin Crisis. It is contended that the Embassy reached the peak of its peacetime importance under US Ambassador Lewis Douglas from 1947-1950, and that its most important role was in policy liaison. Th is liaison function stemmed from the need to coordinate British and US policies in the developing Cold War, and helped to lay the foundations for the long-term ‘special relationship’. The article provides fresh insights into Anglo-American diplomatic bonds in a formative period.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: us embassy in london; anglo-american 'special relationship'; ambassadors; diplomacy; policy liaison; representation; negotiation; lobbying; information-gathering; consular services; economic cooperation administration (eca); european recovery programme (erp); marshall aid; berlin criss
Themes: Subjects / Themes > E History America > E151 United States (General)
Subjects / Themes > D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
Memory, Text and Place
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: The Hague Journal of Diplomacy
Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1871-1901
Funders: British Academy (for the humanities and social sciences)
Depositing User: Dr Jonathan Colman
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2010 14:02
Last Modified: 26 Jan 2014 20:11
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/3075

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