Defending the West: The Truman-Churchill Correspondence, 1945-1960

Defending the West: The Truman-Churchill Correspondence, 1945-1960

Defending the West: The Truman-Churchill Correspondence, 1945-1960

Defending the West: The Truman-Churchill Correspondence, 1945-1960

Synopsis

This work provides a documentary record of the correspondence, official and private, between Harry S Truman and Winston Churchill, from Truman's accession to the presidency in April 1945. Official communications between the two resumed during Churchill's second premiership (1951-1955) and more personal correspondence would continue into Churchill's retirement. Subjects of note range from events surrounding German surrender to the Cold War.

Excerpt

The correspondence between Truman and Churchill affords the reader an unparalleled view of Anglo-American relations from the time the correspondence began towards the end of the Second World War, following the death of President Franklin Roosevelt on 12 April 1945. Whatever the shortcomings of their correspondence in later years, their wartime messages allow a view of that conflict as Anglo-American forces confronted the specter of Soviet military power in the heart of Europe with the end of the Second World War and the surrender of Japan to the Allied powers in the Pacific.

Indeed, only two months after the “Big Three” meeting at Yalta, Truman's accession to the presidency had occurred at a time of increasing tension with the Soviet Union and with Stalin, the Soviet Premier, in particular. For Churchill's part, it seemed “extraordinary” that Roosevelt's Vice President had been kept in the dark about the deliberations resulting from his last wartime meeting with Roosevelt and Stalin that February in the Crimea.

Churchill had wanted to talk things over with the new President at the earliest date and regretted that he had not accepted President Truman's invitation to visit America again on the occasion of Roosevelt's funeral, for there were many points on which personal

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.