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Arcadia: The First Washington Conference

Arcadia: The First Washington Conference

Click through for the complete archives on Churchill and Roosvelt’s first post Pearl Harbour summit.

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The Fateful Decade

Here is a huge archive of US foreign policy documents from 1931-41, what a find, I am going to patiently work my way through these over the coming weeks, but if you are desperate to read on, click here now. … Continue reading

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In defence of Harry Dexter White

By 1948, the year of White’s death, anti communist hysteria was in full swing, and the State Department was the focus of suspicion for the witch hunters. White’s wartime closeness to the USSR (which, the fact that America was allied … Continue reading

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Post War Plans for Germany – Primary Documents

Here are State Department documents from 1944, real gold dust in assessing US intentions in the final stages of the war

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Harry Dexter White

I am going to devote the next few posts to Harry Dexter White, one of Roosevelt’s most senior strategic economic thinkers, a man who exemplified what Stephen Ambrose described as America’s ‘Rise to Globalism’ after World War Two. White, along … Continue reading

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A most interesting link on the legal whys and wherefores of Roosevelt’s decision to enter WWII

Click here for an authoritative discussion on the drift to war 1939-41

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The fallout from Pearl Harbour

The Fallout of Pearl Harbour To understand the fallout from Pearl Harbour, we have to divide it into the immediate effects and the long-term effects. Short Term In the short term, America found itself having to declare war on Japan, … Continue reading

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Pearl Harbour

The Attack on Pearl Harbour By late 1941 a Gallup Poll found 52 per cent of Americans expected war with Japan, however US officials doubted there would be an attack on Pearl Harbour. They expected the Philippines to be attacked … Continue reading

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The Decline in US-Japanese Relations

Decline in American Japanese Relations Though, the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour in 1941 came as a surprise to Americans; Japanese – American relations had be strained from as far back as 1915. Japan’s ‘Twenty One Demands’ to China which … Continue reading

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Inter War US Neutrality

America pursued a non-interventionist policy in 1919 following World War Two, however this was not the first time it did so. In fact, America had followed a policy of non-intervention throughout most of the 19th century. The origins of the … Continue reading

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