Kennedy, Macmillan and the Cold War

The Irony of Interdependence

  • Nigel J. Ashton

Part of the Contemporary History in Context book series (CHIC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
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  10. Back Matter
    Pages 227-288

About this book


Nigel J. Ashton analyses Anglo-American relations during a crucial phase of the Cold War. He argues that although policy-makers on both sides of the Atlantic used the term 'interdependence' to describe their relationship this concept had different meanings in London and Washington. The Kennedy Administration sought more centralized control of the Western alliance, whereas the Macmillan Government envisaged an Anglo-American partnership. This gap in perception gave rise to a 'crisis of interdependence' during the winter of 1962-3, encompassing issues as diverse as the collapse of the British EEC application, the civil war in the Yemen, the denouement of the Congo crisis and the fate of the British independent nuclear deterrent.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Nigel J. Ashton
    • 1
  1. 1.London School of EconomicsUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2002
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-40346-2
  • Online ISBN 978-0-230-80001-4
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