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The Anglo-American "special relationship": The Lazarus of international relations

Marsh, Steve ORCID: and Baylis, John 2006. The Anglo-American "special relationship": The Lazarus of international relations. Diplomacy and Statecraft 17 (1) , pp. 173-211. 10.1080/09592290500533841

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Scholars have variously queried the existence of the Anglo-American “special relationship,” consigned it to history as “special no more,” or demanded that Britain choose between its European and American relationships. These critiques have become increasingly prevalent since the Cold War. Yet the current British government, like many before it, continues to portray a choice between America and Europe as a “false choice,” and the “special relationship” has arguably deepened in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks. This article contends that international diplomatic history can contribute much to understanding the “Lazarus-like” quality of the “special relationship.” Specifically it argues that a number of critical continuities in post–World War II British foreign policy survived the end of the Cold War and have since contributed heavily to the determination of the British foreign policymaking elite to maintain the “special relationship” at the same time that Britain pursues a leadership role within Europe.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Department of Politics and International Relations (POLIR)
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0959-2296
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2022 09:33

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