1949: A Two-bloc World?
For the British, 1949 was a year of paradoxes. For the first time ever, Britain concluded a formal alliance with the US. The two countries were therefore in theory closer than ever before. In reality the inequality between them, in terms of power, still created a distance between the two. Personal relationships remained important, though not decisive. At the end of 1948 Bevin lost his trusted partner, Marshall, who retired because of ill health. Marshall had once told Bevin that he had done all he could to build up Anglo-American relations; Bevin said he was very grateful for Marshall’s ‘great help’.1
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