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Background to the ANZUS Pact: Policy-making, Strategy and by W. McIntyre

By W. McIntyre

This booklet encompasses a particular research of yankee, British, Australian and New Zealand strategic making plans in the course of the early years of the chilly battle, together with their plans for battling global conflict III within the center East, and the diplomatic negotiations top as much as the safety treaty signed by way of Australia, New Zealand and the us in 1951. It considers the issues raised by way of Britain's exclusion from Anzus and the next production of Seato and the British Commonwealth some distance East Strategic Reserve in Malaya.

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Overriding all else, this latter-day imperialist, who had an American mother, gave prime importance to Britain's close relations with the United States. He had a robust vision of how Britain, in its straitened circumstances, could still have a role in world affairs. In his 'Europe Arise' speech in the Albert Hall on 18 April 1947 he declared that it was absolutely essential that 'we shall allow no wedge to be driven between Great Britain and the United States of America'. At the Conservative Party Conference in Brighton on 4 October 1947 he referred to his three circles - the 'triple combination' of the British Commonwealth, European Union, and the fraternal association with the United States.

We should pull out, he thinks, from all the Middle East, including Egypt and Greece, make a line of defence across Africa from La- Introduction 33 gos to Kenya and concentrate part of our forces in the latter. In view of India's uncertain attitude in the future we should put a large part of Commonwealth Defence, including many industries, into Australia. We should put a wide glacis of desert and Arabs between ourselves and the Russians. 70 But in this matter the defence establishment held firm views and Bevin supported them.

His White House staff found him orderly and expeditious with paper-work. His philosophy of leadership was that he should read up all the facts and come to a decision. For his first major international negotiations, the Potsdam Conference in 1945, the American delegates found him surprisingly well-prepared and businesslike compared with Churchill and Stalin. Secondly, Truman was not without military experience, which well fitted him for the era of Cold War tensions. From childhood Truman had been a great reader.

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