This course will explore the Anglo-American relationship, principally from the UK’s perspective, from the end of World War II to the beginning of the ‘War on Terror’. The focus will be in the areas of diplomatic, military and economic relations, with an emphasis on particular events and the responses of policymakers and policymaking. It will be the aim of this course to examine the ways in which British policymakers sought, successfully and unsuccessfully, to harness and shape American growing power. It will demonstrate that post-1945 relations between the two countries was shaped by a longer history of Anglo-American relations; on the challenges that Britain faced as European power with a declining global presence; on her position in Europe after the World War II; on her steadfastness as an ally in the Cold War; on her military strengths (and weaknesses); and her consistent determination to remain on the ‘top table’ of world affairs. Additionally, it will also discuss, where relevant, the influence of culture and shared democratic and economic values. Topics covered will include: Anglo-American relations during the onset of the Cold War; the 1956 Suez Crisis; the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis; the 1976 IMF Crisis; Anglo-American relations vis-à-vis European integration; the Grenada Crisis; the UK’s response to the Strategic Defence Initiative (SDI or Star Wars); the Fall of the Berlin Wall; the First Iraq War; and the UK response to 9/11.
*Please note that module information is indicative and may change from year to year.
Weekly 2 hour seminar
Module assessment - more information
1x5000-word essay (100%)