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Post-War Planning on the Periphery

Anglo-American Economic Diplomacy in South America, 1939–1945

Thomas C. Mills

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Explores Anglo-American economic diplomacy in South America during the Second World War

Thomas Mills explores Anglo-American relations in the previously neglected region of South America during the Second World War to add a new dimension to our understanding of the two powers. He shows how these relations followed a very different pattern to the high-level discussions concerning the economic shape of the post-war world that were going on at the same time. In this way, he highlights the need for a more nuanced understanding of the broader process of Anglo-American economic diplomacy.

Based on extensive archival research and a thorough knowledge of the secondary literature, this is a major addition to the study of Anglo-American relations in the 20th century.

Explores a number of topics relevant to the broader process of post-war economic diplomacy:

  • The Lend-Lease Export White Paper and its effects on British exports to South America
  • Economic warfare policies such as blacklisting and the Axis replacement programme
  • Particular industries which had a strategic value as well as commercial importance, such as telecommunications
  • Enterprises which took on an importance beyond their intrinsic worth, such as the central Brazilian railway

Contents

Introduction
1. The US and Britain in South America (1800c. - 1939)
2. US Criticisms and British Mollification (Autumn 1939 - Winter 1941-1942)
3. British Suspicions and Attempts at Cooperation (Winter 1941-1942 - Autumn 1942)
4. Challenges to Multilateralism and the Return of British Suspicions (Autumn 1942 - Spring 1943)
5. The Quest for a Self-Denying Ordinance (Spring 1943 - Winter 1944-1945)
Conclusion.

About the Author

Thomas C. Mills is a Lecturer in Diplomacy and Foreign Policy at Lancaster University. His previous publications include "Anglo-American Economic Diplomacy during the Second World War and the Electrification of the Central Brazilian Railway", Diplomacy and Statecraft, (March 2009), and "The 'Hemisphere Isolationists' and Anglo-American Economic Diplomacy during the Second World War", Journal of Transatlantic Studies, (March 2011). He gained his PhD from Brunel University in 2010.

Reviews

Based on extensive archival research and a thorough knowledge of the secondary literature, this is an important addition to the study of Anglo-American relations in the twentieth century … This monograph is fluidly written and thoroughly researched. The book explores a number of topics relevant to the broader process of postwar economic diplomacy and provides a desirable and refreshing counterbalance to the usual focus on more familiar regions such as the Middle East and Asia.

- Christopher O'Sullivan, University of San Francisco, The American Historical Review

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