Brothers Across the Ocean: British Foreign Policy and the by Iestyn Adams

By Iestyn Adams

The "Special dating" has lengthy been a number one function of the diplomacy among the U.S. and Britain, and not extra mentioned and wondered than now, following the Iraq struggle. yet Brothers around the Ocean is a special exam into the relationship's early heritage, while Britain's position as a number one worldwide strength was once starting to be rivaled-and ultimately eclipsed--by the united states. in accordance with special exam of legit and personal papers, Lestyn Adams's learn exhibits how Anglo-American international relations operated in such different areas as South the US, Canada--especially the Newfoundland disputes--Hawaii, and, vitally, within the a ways East. this is the top instance of Anglo-American cooperation following the Russo-Japanese War--a clash of worldwide importance--setting the level for Anglo-American cooperation in the course of the 20th century and past.

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Firstly, he saw dangers in accepting a vague proposal without a guarantee that Castro would act with good faith during and after arbitration. ’2 Still, the matter was serious enough to warrant an interview with Henry White. 3 However pertinent the objections to arbitration, the progress of the naval action, and particularly the bombardment of Puerto Cabello, had been difficult to defend to an angry and bewildered House of Commons on the 15th. More importantly, the United States now seemed on the verge of active interference.

If Lansdowne and Balfour really believed that the seizure of Venezuelan gunboats would be enough to bring Castro to reason, however, they woefully misread the extent of Castro’s defiance. 31 The restraint shown by Britain during 1901 and 1902 had many causes. In part, it was a result of British preoccupation with South Africa and a consequence of Lansdowne’s cautious approach to international affairs. Another contributing factor, which played a significant role in delaying the use of force against Castro, was consideration of American sentiment.

As President, Roosevelt continued to urge upon his countrymen the need for a powerful navy to repel European aggressors on South American soil. ’36 It is often argued that remarks of this sort provided a tangible argument against armed action off the Venezuelan coast. In fact, when it came to Latin American debt, Roosevelt tended to side with Europe. ’37 His position is easily explained: it was due to the chronic state of revolt prevalent in Central America, and the tendency towards non-payment of debts by unreliable dictators that provoked in Europe and in the United States a similar degree of resentment.

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