The Second World War and American Predominance

  • Anne Orde


It was during the Second World War that the United States emerged as an active acknowledged world power, able to develop and harness enormous productive capacity that had lain idle through the 1930s, raise very large armed forces, and apply this strength all round the world. The Soviet Union too became, at appalling cost, a major power on the world stage. By the end of the war Britain, which with the Dominions was the only belligerent to have fought from first to last, was relegated to second or perhaps third place. Whilst involved with and obliged to take account of the Soviet Union as a vital ally, Britain became to a greater degree dependent on the United States.


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  • Anne Orde
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  1. 1.University of DurhamUK

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