Sir Oliver Franks served as British Ambassador to the US between
1948 and 1952. This was a seminal period in postwar history, which
saw the implementation of the Marshall Plan, the emergence of the
Cold War, the signing of the North Atlantic Treaty, the Korean War
and the assimilation of the former enemy powers of Germany (or the
western part at least) and Japan into the international system.
During these years, Britain was regarded as the principal ally of
the US in the east-west confrontation. This gave British
policymakers an opportunity to influence both US policy and
The British Embassy in Washington therefore had the potential to
play an important role; so too did the Ambassador. This was not
automatic, however, and it needed a talented ambassador to make the
most of the political circumstances. Sir Oliver Franks was an
extremely able individual, who was capable of making such an
impact. Trusted by the senior figures on both sides of the
Atlantic, he quickly established himself as an indispensable
mediator between the two nations. This analysis reveals a great
deal about the condition of relations between Britain and America,
the mechanics of co-operation and the impact of a singular
individual on international relations.
Frank Cass Publishers
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||Cass Series--Diplomats and Diplomacy
Michael F. Hopkins
||Electronic book text - Windows
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