Cold War Britain, 1945-1964 : new perspectives by M. Hopkins, M. Kandiah, G. Staerck

By M. Hopkins, M. Kandiah, G. Staerck

Britain and the chilly battle, 1945-1964 deals new views on ways that Britain fought the chilly struggle, and illuminates key components of the coverage formula technique. It argues that during some ways Britain and the USA perceived and dealt with the chance posed through the Communist bloc in related phrases: however, Britain's carrying on with international commitments, post-war financial difficulties and somestic concerns obliged her occasionally to take on the probability fairly another way.

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The end of Lend-Lease meant there was lack of dollars to pay for North American wheat. Added to this was the new responsibility to feed the British zone of Germany. The situation was made worse still by the failure of the rice harvest in Burma, which produced a food crisis in India. Morrison later explained, ‘We could, and did, pay for the food for our own people, though it was not easy; but Germany was on the verge of starvation and we had to spend precious dollars to buy American food for the people in the British zone of occupation.

T. ’17 Morrison’s behaviour over leadership 20 Labour and Anglo–American Relations of the party in 1945 and 1947 only served to deepen Bevin’s low regard for him. 18 Moreover, Morrison proved to be a vital ally for Bevin on the major foreign policy decisions of the 1945–51 government: on the American loan in 1945–46, on the Marshall Plan proposals in 1947, on the negotiation of the North Atlantic Pact in 1948–49, on the Korean War in 1950 and on the vexed issue of increased defence spending in 1950–51 – on all of these issues Morrison consistently backed Bevin.

In January 1924 the Labour Party, rather unexpectedly, formed a Government – the first since its foundation in 1900. 5 The Conservatives, who had lost the election because of internal division over the issue of free trade, soon came together in their condemnation of MacDonald’s attempts to normalise relations with the Soviet Union. They believed that this was proof positive that Labour was dangerous, untrustworthy and even possibly traitorous. Conservative MPs harried the government in the House of Commons on the issue of Anglo–Soviet relations and they repeatedly drew attention to the Comintern’s anti-Empire pronouncements, particularly with regards to India where the independence movement was gaining strength.

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