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Churchill and the Anglo-American Special Relationship

ISBN 9781138188143
Published January 24, 2017 by Routledge
286 Pages

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Book Description

This book examines Winston Churchill’s role in the creation and development of the Anglo–American special relationship.

Drawing together world leading and emergent scholars, this volume offers a critical celebration of Churchill’s contribution to establishing the Anglo–American special relationship. Marking the seventieth anniversary of Churchill’s pronouncement in 1946 of that special relationship in his famous Iron Curtain speech, the book provides new insights into old debates by drawing upon approaches and disciplines that have hitherto been marginalised or neglected. The book foregrounds agency, culture, values, ideas and the construction and representation of special Anglo–American relations, past and present. The volume covers two main themes. Firstly, it identifies key influences upon Churchill as he developed his political career, especially processes and patterns of Anglo–American convergence prior to and during World War Two. Second, it provides insights into how Churchill sought to promote a post-war Anglo–American special relationship, how he discursively constructed it and how he has remained central to that narrative to the present day. From this analysis emerges new understanding of the raw material from which Churchill conjured special UK–US relations and of how his conceptualisation of that special relationship has been shaped and re-shaped in the decades after 1946.

This book will be of much interest to students of Anglo–American relations, Cold War Studies, foreign policy, international history and IR in general.

Table of Contents

Introduction, Alan P. Dobson and Steve Marsh

Prologue: The Ghost in the Attic: Churchill, the Soviet Union, and the Anglo-American Special Relationship, Warren F. Kimball

1. ‘Strategic Culture’ on the Road to (and from) Fulton: Institutionalism, Emotionalism, and the Anglo-American Special Relationship, David G. Haglund

2. Churchill’s Fulton Speech and the Context of Shared Values in a World of Dangers, Alan P. Dobson

3. Manipulating the Anglo-American Civilizational Identity in the Era of Churchill, Robert M. Hendershot

4. The Fulton Address as Racial Discourse, Srjdan Vucetic

5. Personal Diplomacy at the Summit, Steve Marsh

6. Churchill’s Ambassadors – from Fulton to Suez, Tony McCulloch

7. Churchill’s inter-subjective special relationship: a corpus-assisted discourse approach, Anna Marchi, Nuria Lorenzo-Dus and Steve Marsh

8. The Architecture of a Myth: Constructing and Commemorating Churchill’s Special Relationship, c. 1919-69, Sam Edwards

9. Curtains, Culture and ‘Collective’ Memory, David Ryan

Conclusion, Alan P. Dobson and Steve Marsh

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Alan P. Dobson is an Honorary Professor at Swansea University, UK, and author of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Civil Aviation 1933-1945 (2011).

Steve Marsh is Reader in International Relations at Cardiff University, UK and editor of Anglo-American Relations: Contemporary Perspectives (2013, with Alan P. Dobson).


'The scholarly essays provide interesting and detailed observations into the post-war special relationship from various viewpoints. insightful and original addition to the study of Winston Churchill.'--Brad Tolppanen, A Blog on Winston Churchill

'The purpose of the volume is to move beyond the more traditional focus on the political, diplomatic and security foundations of the relationship and to explore other avenues of approach. So, the exploration of the role played by factors such as common Anglo-American values, traditions, memorialisation and commemoration loom large in this volume. Interdisciplinary perspectives are provided from the disciplines of political science by Haglund and Vucetic, and linguistics by Marchi and Lorenzo-Dus. Historians can certainly learn from these approaches which alert us both to the importance of the pursuit of abstract concepts over time, and to a more methodical analysis of the use of language in the construction of the past (and present.' -- Nigel Ashton, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK