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Acheson and Empire

The British Accent in American Foreign Policy

John T. McNay (author)

ISBN: 9780826213440

Publication Date: Jul 2001

Format: Hardback

This text offers a reassessment of Dean Acheson's policies toward the former colonial world during his period as secretary of state from 1949 to 1953. The book argues that Acheson inherited a way of understanding the world that encouraged impartial-style international relationships.
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Acheson and Empire offers a compelling reassessment of Dean Acheson's policies toward the former colonial world during his period as secretary of state from 1949 to 1953. John T. McNay argues that Acheson inherited through his own personal history a way of understanding the world that encouraged imperial-style international relationships. This worldview represented a well-developed belief system rooted in his Ulster Protestant heritage that remained consistent throughout his life. By exploring relationships of the United States with Britain and countries formerly or then controlled by Britain, such as India, Ireland, Iran, and Egypt, McNay shows the significance of Acheson's beliefs. McNay argues that Acheson's support of existing imperial relationships was so steadfast that it often led other nations to perceive that the United States was nothing more than a front for British interests. He believes this approach to foreign policy damaged American relations with emerging countries and misled the British regarding possibilities of an Anglo-American partnership. Acheson and Empire contends that the widely accepted view of Acheson as a foreign policy realist is misleading and that historians should acknowledge that his affinity for the British Empire went beyond his clothing and mannerisms. McNay maintains that the widely accepted view of Acheson as one of a group of "wise men" who shaped the Cold War world by basing their decisions on cold calculation of American interests should be reconsidered. Drawing from extensive research in archival sources, including the Truman Library, the National Archives, the Public Record Office in London, and Acheson's personal papers at Yale, Acheson and Empire offers a fresh look at Dean Acheson that runs counter to previous biographies and many histories of the Cold War.
Illustrations bibliography, index
Pages 264
Date Published 31 Jul 2001
Publisher University of Missouri Press
Subject/s History of the Americas   Central government   Biography & True Stories   Postwar 20th century history, from c 1945 to c 2000   Colonialism & imperialism   International relations  
John T. McNay is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Cincinnati.

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