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The Politics Of The Anglo-American Economic Special Relationship, 1940-1987
The Politics Of The Anglo-American Economic Special Relationship, 1940-1987
By Alan P. Dobson
St. Martin's, 1988, 290 pp.

The Atlantic Charter, Lend-Lease, Bretton Woods, the occupation of Germany, the Marshall Plan, European integration, the sterling area and trade with the communist world are all landmarks in a process in which the United States and Britain blended agreements and differences into something called "the special relationship." Does it still exist? This interesting and attractive account by a lecturer at University College, Swansea, tells the story by describing some points in detail and sketching out the rest. He explains well, and puts events in their international and domestic settings, but never undertakes a deep or original analysis of what the special relationship was or how it related to the changing position of the two countries in the world.