The Anglo-American special relationship has endured for a hundred years, to become one of the most remarkable alliances in modern history. This study describes the first 20 years of the official friendship of these two great English-speaking nations. By no means ordained by kinship or geography, it is seen here as the result of mutual need and mutual advantage. The relationship begins with British willingness to accommodate American pretensions in the Venezuelan boundary dispute of 1895. The United States entry into World War I in 1917, thereby making Britain a winner in the war, marks the end of this formative period. Foundations thus put down in the foreign policy conducted from London and Washington proved strong enough to provide a century of understanding in times of turbulence and calm.
David H. Burton has long maintained an interest in the history of the Anglo-American special relationship. Theodore Roosevelt and His English Correspondence (1972) was followed by American History British Historians, a 1976 Pulitzer Prize nominee; An Anglo-American Plutarch (1981); Cecil Spring Rice: A Diplomat�s Life (1990), and others. Burton has been a Winston Churchill Traveling Fellow and has taught at Heythrop College, University of London and the Polytechnic of Central London.