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Studies in Diplomacy and International Relations
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France, Britain and the United States in the Twentieth Century: Volume 2, 1940–1961

A Reappraisal

Authors: Williams, Andrew

  • Shows how France began its recovery from humiliation in 1940 to resume its place in Europe and the world through a process of resistance and liberation as well as integration with the rest of Europe by the 1960s.
  • Explains how the British and American Governments effectively excluded France from postwar planning but had to listen to them in the process of the peace.
  • Argues that the United States was a major driver and supporter of European integration often against the wishes of Britain, and discusses the consequences of that for today’s political debates.
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"In his account of the relationship between France, the UK and the US Andrew Williams successfully intertwines diplomatic history with international thought. We are presented with a historical stage that includes both the doers and the thinkers of the age, and as a result this is a must read for both diplomatic historians and historians of international thought. The second in a multivolume study, this volume takes the story beyond the fall of France into the war years, the period of post-war reconstruction, and the Cold War. As with the first volume, Williams is an excellent guide, stepping over the ruins of past worlds, and introducing us to an epoch with more than its fair share of both visionaries and villains. Yet in this second volume the stakes are higher, as the United States comes to terms with its role as the paramount world power, Britain faces a world that challenges its imperial order, and France is picking up the pieces from its defeat."
Lucian Ashworth, Memorial University, Canada

"Following on from his outstanding first volume reviewing the complex interwar relationships between France, Britain and the United States, Williams’ second volume is an indispensable and lucid overview of the vitally important era of post-war reconstruction. From national post-war developments to institutional structures and superpower shifts, Williams examines clearly and engagingly the final passing of pre-modern power structures and the emergence of a new Europe."
Amelia Hadfield, University of Surrey, UK
"At a time of intense debates about Europe, the ‘Anglosphere’ and empires old and new, Andrew Williams’s book is a timely demonstration that the weight of emotion in the shaping of foreign policy and its makers should not be forgotten. Unearthing some of the ‘forces profondes’ in diplomacy and reflecting on feelings of humiliation and liberation in national constructs, Andrew Williams discusses the cultural conceptions and misconceptions that French, American and British diplomats had of each other, thereby revisiting the reasons why the ‘special relationship’ was largely a myth – but one which had tangible consequences on French and British policies in their retreat from empire. By connecting the personal and the national, the structural and accidental, Williams offers essential insights into the major conflicts of the period and their impact on diplomatic cultures across the Atlantic."
Mélanie Torrent, Université Picardie Jules Verne, Amiens, France

The second volume of this study of France’s unique contribution to the international relations of the last century covers the period from the Fall of France in 1940 to Charles de Gaulle’s triumphant return to power in the late 1950s. France had gone from being a victorious member of the coalition with Britain and the United States that won the First World War to a defeated nation in a few short weeks. France then experienced the humiliation of collaboration with and occupation by the enemy, followed by resistance and liberation and a slow return to global influence over the next twenty years. This volume examines how these processes played out by concentrating on France’s relations with Britain and the United States, most importantly over questions of post-war order, the integration of Europe and the withdrawal from Empire. 

About the authors

Andrew J. Williams is Professor of International Relations at the University of St Andrews, UK. He has published a number of books and articles on the history of the Great Powers in the Twentieth Century and in particular on Britain, France and the United States.

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Bibliographic Information
Book Title
France, Britain and the United States in the Twentieth Century: Volume 2, 1940–1961
Book Subtitle
A Reappraisal
Authors
Series Title
Studies in Diplomacy and International Relations
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-41443-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 323
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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