Journal of Transatlantic Studies

, Volume 14, Issue 4, pp 365–382 | Cite as

Churchill, Fulton and the Anglo-American special relationship: setting the agenda?

  • Anna MarchiEmail author
  • Steve Marsh


Churchill is often deemed to have failed at Fulton in delivering ‘the crux’ of what he came to secure, namely a special Anglo-American relationship based in both interest and ‘fraternal association’. As other contributions to this special edition demonstrate, there are good grounds for this verdict. However we ask whether, and if so in what ways, Churchill was actually able in and through the Sinews of Peace speech to set the agenda and frame the terms of discussion for the later emergence of a special relationship. To do this we treat the special relationship as a discursive construct and by combining diplomatic history with corpus-assisted discourse studies map discourse features of the Sinews of Peace speech against media discourse on Anglo-American relations in the early 1950s.


Churchill Anglo-American special relationship Sinews of Peace discourse corpus-assisted discourse studies 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Political SciencesUniversity of BolognaBolognaItaly
  2. 2.Department of Politics and International RelationsCardiff UniversityCardiffUK

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