By John Dumbrell
During this comprehensively revised and up-to-date re-creation of the highly-acclaimed textual content, John Dumbrell assesses how and why the Anglo-American specific dating stumbled on a brand new rent of existence less than Blair as Britain time and again "chose" the U.S. in its evolving overseas coverage orientation instead of Europe.There was once, he argues, no inevitability approximately this reaction to the publish September 11 foreign state of affairs and its long term motive and customers nonetheless stay doubtful.
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Extra resources for A Special Relationship: Anglo American Relations from the Cold War to Iraq (2nd Edition)
Around half of respondents to a 1986 poll opposed American use of British bases in that year to launch air strikes on Libya (Wybrow, 1989, 1142). In four 1987 Gallup polls, a higher percentage approved Soviet over US international behaviour. These figures reflected the high levels of popularity in Western Europe of Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. The waning of the Cold War in the later 1980s, however, predictably saw a cooling of British public disapproval of official Washington, if not much sign of generalized national warming towards President Reagan.
Journalist Ben Bradlee reported the interest shown in elite British affairs by his friend, President John Kennedy. America’s first Irish Catholic president was apparently deeply fascinated by the 1963 Profumo scandal: ‘It combined so many of the things that interested him: low doings in high places, the British nobility, sex and spying’. Seymour Hersh suggests that JFK may also have had more direct, personal reasons for being interested in the scandal (Hersh, 1997, 391). Americans might sometimes show a surprising interest in the upper reaches of British society, but the US has traditionally sought to define itself against a constructed image of European, especially English, society.
A 1976 Gallup poll revealed 87 per cent of American respondents declaring a ‘favourable’ opinion of the UK. In 1989, a parallel poll found 86 per cent still expressing their positive view. In both polls, Britain was beaten only by Canada, which had 91 per cent ‘favourable’ in 1976 and 92 per cent in 1987. Mexico had scores of 75 in 1976 and 62 in 1989. A 1996 Gallup poll had Britain cited as ‘very favourable’ by 30 per cent. Again Britain was beaten only by Canada. In 1996, France and Germany achieved ‘very favourable’ rates of 15 and 17 respectively.
A Special Relationship: Anglo American Relations from the Cold War to Iraq (2nd Edition) by John Dumbrell