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

Portrait of an Institution: The US Embassy in London, 1945-53 <jats:sec><jats:title>Abstract</jats:title><jats:p>The US Embassy in London has long played a leading institutional role in the Anglo-American relationship, but few historians have examined that role. This 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. This 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.</jats:p> </jats:sec> http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Hague Journal of Diplomacy Brill

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

The Hague Journal of Diplomacy , Volume 4 (3): 339 – Jan 1, 2009

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Brill
Copyright
© 2009 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
1871-1901
eISSN
1871-191X
DOI
10.1163/187119109X455946
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Abstract

<jats:sec><jats:title>Abstract</jats:title><jats:p>The US Embassy in London has long played a leading institutional role in the Anglo-American relationship, but few historians have examined that role. This 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. This 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.</jats:p> </jats:sec>

Journal

The Hague Journal of DiplomacyBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2009

Keywords: NEGOTIATION; EUROPEAN RECOVERY PROGRAMME (ERP); REPRESENTATION; CONSULAR SERVICES; MARSHALL AID; LOBBYING; US EMBASSY IN LONDON; DIPLOMACY; BERLIN CRISS; AMBASSADORS; ANGLO-AMERICAN 'SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP'; INFORMATION-GATHERING; ECONOMIC COOPERATION ADMINISTRATION (ECA); POLICY LIAISON

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