Description - Anglo-American Strategic Relations and the French Problem, 1960-1963 by Constantine A. Pagedas
During the Cold War, the period 1960-63 was one of great political flux for the Western Allies, particularly Britain and the US. The history of Anglo-American strategic relations cannot be understood fully without considering the rise of France as a nuclear power and the challenge this posed to the NATO alliance. This account suggests that the Anglo-American "special relationship" became a troubled one. It follows the story of General 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. It explores the evolution of Anglo-American relations, particularly after France's entry into the nuclear club in February 1960, and explains the growing divergence of the British and American governments. Constantine Pagedas argues that British and American policies gradually became incompatible, culminating with the Skybolt crisis of December 1962, the subsequent Nassau Agreement, and General de Gaulle's veto of Britain's first application to join the EEC in January 1963.
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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