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A Special Relationship: Anglo American Relations from the Cold War to Iraq
In this comprehensively revised and updated new edition of the highly-acclaimed text, John Dumbrell assesses how and why the Anglo-American special relationship found a new lease of life under Blair as Britain repeatedly "chose" the US in its evolving foreign policy orientation rather than Europe.There was, he argues, no inevitability about this response to the post 9/11 i ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published October 17th 2006 by Palgrave Macmillan
(first published 2006)
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Dumbrell's outing is an effort to provide a survey of 60 years of complex personalities and more complex policymaking. "A Special Relationship" largely succeeds in this effort with a combination of chronological and thematic chapters that touch upon the major factors affecting Anglo-American relations. This book is short and very readable (excepting perhaps the final thematic chapter on Ireland which is marred by a sudden influx of new terms, names, and titles as well as an excess of parenthetic ...more
A balanced and comprehensive analysis of the Anglo-American 'special relationship', and how it has coped both during and after the Cold War. Dumbrell pulls no punches about the quite obvious power asymmetry at the heart of the US-UK alliance - the chapters on the relationship during Vietnam/Falklands and the Northern Ireland issue are particularly revealing. However, he quite rightly concludes that the relationship between the two nations is to an acute degree 'special', with foundations in 'sof ...more
May 19, 2012 Jessica rated it did not like it
I really did not like this book. Dumbrell makes an interesting claim at the beginning that this special relationship is based on cultural similarities, and then he fails to mention it in the rest of the book and instead regurgitates the same boring foreign policy facts. Bleh. It is amazing this went to press, in my opinion.