Journal of Transatlantic Studies

, Volume 1, Issue 2, pp 233–251 | Cite as

Before the Special Relationship: The Council on Foreign Relations, the Carnegie Foundation and the Rumour of an Anglo-American War

  • Andrew Williams


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  • Andrew Williams
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  1. 1.Department of Politics and International RelationsUniversity of KentCanterburyUK

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