Anglo-American Relations in the 1920s: The Struggle for by B. J. C. McKercher

By B. J. C. McKercher

This assortment examines the complicated fight for supremacy carried out among the us and Britain within the decade following international struggle I. the purpose is to throw mild on a vital interval within the historical past of British and American international coverage and on 20th-century foreign affairs.

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II The Phillimore scheme then, wary of the complexities of a collective security system, attempted to reach George W Egerton 25 consensus by severely limiting the operation of such a system to members of an alliance and, mindful of the frustration of conference diplomacy in the summer of 1914, placed the sanction of a league only behind the minimal obligation to discussion of international disputes in conference before any resort to war, and not to attack a state which abided by the recommendations, if any, of a conference.

While Wilson had been given the key British and French documents on the league question, he had not reciprocated either with documents or verbal briefing during his pre-conference visits. Cecil and Leon Bourgeois, the French representative on the league questions, had tried to arrange exchanges with the President, but were unsuccessful. Grey, as President of the LNU, had met briefly with Wilson, but had to resort to a letter to House to convey his advice that it would be best to proceed cautiously with the league.

45 Lloyd George made his tactics clear to Cecil on 26 March 40 Ideology, Diplomacy, and International Organisation when he instructed the latter to withhold British support from any mention or protection of the Monroe Doctrine in the amendments currently being made to the draft Covenant. 46 Lloyd George knew that such an amendment was crucial for Wilson in overcoming the growing opposition centred in the Senate and was willing to exploit the President's political vulnerability. This tactic did not mean that Lloyd George was abandoning the basic strategy of Anglo-American cooperation.

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