Anglo-American Strategic Relations and the French Problem, 1960-1963: A Troubled Partnership [NOOK Book]

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Drawing on official records and private papers, this book offers insights into Anglo-American reactions to France's development of an independent nuclear capability; France's bid for the political leadership of Europe; Britain's first application to join the EEC; the controversial US multilateral force (MLF) proposal for NATO; Britain's numerous propositions to France for the development of an independent European nuclear force; the tense Anglo-American diplomatic quarrel that was the Skybolt crisis; and the ...
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Anglo-American Strategic Relations and the French Problem, 1960-1963: A Troubled Partnership

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Overview

Drawing on official records and private papers, this book offers insights into Anglo-American reactions to France's development of an independent nuclear capability; France's bid for the political leadership of Europe; Britain's first application to join the EEC; the controversial US multilateral force (MLF) proposal for NATO; Britain's numerous propositions to France for the development of an independent European nuclear force; the tense Anglo-American diplomatic quarrel that was the Skybolt crisis; and the creative diplomacy that produced the Nassau Agreement of December 1962.
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Suggests that the so-called "special relationship" between America and Britain was a troubled relationship, and examines Charles de Gaulle's rise to power in France and the problems this created for the policies of Britain and the US in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Explores the evolution of Anglo-American relations, particularly after France's entry into the nuclear club in 1960, and explains the growing divergence of the British and American governments. The author is manager of strategic analysis at a private consulting firm. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781135265373
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/23/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 328
  • File size: 3 MB

Table of Contents

Foreword ix
Acknowledgements xiii
List of Abbreviations xvii
Introduction 1
1 Convergence and Divergence: Aspects of Anglo-American Relations with France in the 1950s 10
France and the 'Exclusive Relationship': The Aftermath of Suez 12
Anglo-American Diplomacy and the 'September Memorandum' 22
Withdrawal of the French Mediterranean Fleet from NATO 35
British Planning: Thoughts on Europe and America 43
Conclusion 49
2 Idees Fixes: American Insensitivity and French Isolation 56
The Tripartite Option 58
Multilateralism vs Nuclear Sharing 69
Conclusion 85
3 British Uncertainty: The Afterlife of Blue Streak and the 'Grand Design' 92
Blue Streak: Life, Death and Rebirth 93
Planning for the Future: The Grand Design 112
Conclusion 123
4 An Old Problem and a 'New Relationship' 129
The New Administration and Acheson's Report on NATO 130
The Washington Meeting, April 1961 142
Kennedy's Visit to Paris, May-June 1961 149
Rocketry, Tripartism and Anglo-French 'Staff Talks' 158
Conclusion 167
5 Conflict and Compromise: The Origins of the Breakdown of Anglo-American Relations with France 176
What Price Europe? 177
The Problems of British and French Independent Deterrents 183
The British Enigma and the Prime Minister's Initiative 197
Conclusion 216
6 Denouement: The December Meetings of 1962 and the General's Veto 225
A European Deterrent and Other 'Sweeteners' 228
The Skybolt Crisis 238
The Rambouillet and Nassau Meetings 244
The Aftermath of Nassau: Macmillan's Last Bid to Enter Europe 256
Conclusion 265
Conclusion 274
Bibliography 285
Index 305
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