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 performed among the U.S. and Britain within the decade following global conflict I. the purpose is to throw mild on an important interval within the heritage of British and American overseas coverage and on 20th-century foreign affairs.

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When British leaders of the league of nations movement were unsuccessful in petitioning for the formation of an Anglo-American committee of officials and experts to study the league idea, Cecil in late 1917 persuaded his cousin, Arthur Balfour, Foreign Secretary in the Lloyd George government, to form a commission of British officials and specialists under the chairmanship of the prominent Law Lord, Walter Phillimore, to analyse and report on the idea of a peace league. Although Cecil never developed a personal friendship with Wilson, he fully shared the President's ideological and religious passion for the league and the collective security ideal.

Hughes saw schemes like Smuts' as 'incompatible with national sovereignty', while Balfour advised against allowing the league any power to interfere in the internal matters of any state. To Churchill an Anglo-Franco-American alliance George W Egerton 31 was the proper basis for any league, while Reading cautioned against overloading the league with responsibilities at the beginning. Despite its opposition to a league with extensive authority over members, the Cabinet nevertheless was agreed, in light of popular support for the idea and Wilson's commitment, that the creation of some new international organisation was imperative.

At the same time, the American President had said nothing on this question 'which would in the least make it difficult for us to come to some arrangement with him'. His proposals seemed close to those advanced by Cecil and Smuts, and did not appear to be advocating 'anything in the nature of giving executive powers to the League of Nations'. He did, however, want the . ' When the Prime Minister's strategy of cooperating with the Americans in the peacemaking was attacked by Hughes and Curzon, who advocated alignment with France if Wilson attempted to frustrate British imperial interests, Borden, the Canadian Prime Minister, and Cecil sprang to the defence of an Atlanticist policy as a foundation for a durable peace.

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