Bitter Rehearsal: British and American Planning for a Post-War West Indies

Bitter Rehearsal: British and American Planning for a Post-War West Indies

Bitter Rehearsal: British and American Planning for a Post-War West Indies

Bitter Rehearsal: British and American Planning for a Post-War West Indies

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Promoted as a means for rectifying the problems of a region of extreme need, the Anglo-American Caribbean Commission (AACC) only exposed and exacerbated the underlying antagonisms between Britain and the United States over the economic and political structure of the post-war world. This study places the AACC, formed in 1942, within the context of the Anglo-American wartime "special" relationship, and examines the political, economic, and security motives at the heart of this unique and little-known collaboration. It exposes the determination of the United States to use exigencies of war to impose its post-war plans upon Britain, and the tenacity of the British to defend even the smallest and least regarded of its possessions regardless of local and international opposition.

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Erik Goldstein, William R. Keylor, and Cathal J. Nolan

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