The Embassy in Grosvenor Square: American Ambassadors to the United Kingdom, 1938-2008

Hardcover | December 7, 2012

byJ. Simon Rofe, Alison R. HolmesEditorAlison Holmes

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Leading scholars explore the role played by the American Embassy in London and the US Ambassador to the Court of St James's, not only in bilateral UK-US relations, but also in wider international issues over the years the Embassy has been in Grosvenor Square. This volume covers the period from 1938 to 2008, effectively the lifespan of what has often been termed "the special relationship," from its birth in the Second World War, through the challenges of the Cold War to the present day.

Debates about the "specialness" of the relationship in the post-war context are key, as are discussions about the impact of the development and demise of the "Cold War," the ongoing impact of European integration, the influence of nuclear weapons and NATO, and wider economic, cultural, demographic and environmental forces that have shaped the transatlantic relationship to arguably form the basis of a new model of "transatlantic diplomacy."


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Leading scholars explore the role played by the American Embassy in London and the US Ambassador to the Court of St James's, not only in bilateral UK-US relations, but also in wider international issues over the years the Embassy has been in Grosvenor Square. This volume covers the period from 1938 to 2008, effectively the lifespan of ...

J Simon Rofe is a senior lecturer in Diplomatic and International Studies in the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy at SOAS, University of London. United Kingdom. His research interests lie in the field of US Diplomacy and Foreign Relations in the twentieth century with a specific focus on the era of Franklin Roosevelt, an...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:392 pages, 10.81 × 5.71 × 1.2 inPublished:December 7, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
Author Biographies
Introduction; A.R.Holmes & J.S.Rofe
PART I: THE WAR TIME AMBASSADORS 1938-1946; J.S.Rofe
Joseph P Kennedy 1938-40; J.S.Rofe
John Gilbert Winant, 1941-45; D.Mayers
W Averell Harriman 1946; M.H.Folly
PART II: THE COLD WAR AMBASSADORS PART I 1946-1961; J.S.Rofe
Lewis Williams Douglas, 1947-50; J.Colman
Walter Sherman Gifford, 1950-53; J.Colman
Winthrop Aldrich 1953-57; A.Boxer
John Hay Whitney, 1957-61; T.C.Mills
PART III: THE COLD WAR AMBASSADORS PART II 1961-1981; A.R.Holmes
David KE Bruce, 1961-69; J.W.Young
Walter H Annenberg, 1969-74; J.Cameron
Elliot Richardson, 1975-76; A.Spelling
Anne Armstrong, 1976-77; A.Spelling
Kingman Brewster 1977-81; A.Spelling
PART IV: THE COLD WAR CLOSERS 1981-1991; A.R.Holmes
John J. Louis, Jr., 1981-83; P.Trickett
Charles Price 1983-89; P.Trickett
Henry E Catto Jr., 1989-91; N.J.Cull
PART V: THE POST-COLD WAR AMBASSADORS 1991-2001; A.R.Holmes
Raymond George Hardenbergh Seitz, 1991-94; A.R.Holmes
William J Crowe 1994-97; A.R.Holmes
Philip Lader 1997-2001; J.Dumbrell
PART VI: POST 9/11 AMBASSADORS 2001-2008; A.R.Holmes
William Stamps Farish III 2001-04; A.R.Holmes
Robert Holmes Tuttle 2005-08; A.R.Holmes
Appendices
Table of Ambassadors, Presidents and Prime Ministers
Index

Editorial Reviews

"Kennedy is the earliest of the 20 US ambassadors to Britain to be scrutinised by the book's co-editors, Dr Rofe, and Dr Alison R. Holmes of Humboldt State University, and their team of fellow academics. They focus on the period 1938-2008, they say, because it 'covers the lifespan of the much debated term 'the special relationship' from its birth — although not its conception — in the Second World War and its aftermath, to the challenges of globalisation in the present day'. – The Times"Despite the long-running debate over the nature and significance of the Anglo-American 'special relationship,' historians have not until now had a comprehensive view of Washington's ambassadors in London. The sixteen well-written and impressively researched essays in this volume offer a fascinating perspective on diplomacy as practiced by governments that have remained close despite their many spats. This is a book that should appeal to general readers as well as to scholars and students." - Frank Costigliola, University of Connecticut"...this is an excellent book, which will be very useful not just for the [...] group of people interested in the Embassy but also anyone interested in Anglo – American relations since 1938 and US foreign policy in general." - Andrew Williams, University of St Andrews "Never before has a collection been compiled that has such range and detail on the work of US ambassadors in London as this. The two editors have done an immensely valuable job in assembling a group of well-known scholars who help to fill an important gap in our understanding of Anglo-American relations." - Alan Dobson, University of Dundee"Holmes and Rofe have gathered an impressive group of scholars (editors included) to explain the complexities of that diplomacy and the context of Anglo-American relations. A great taste of London's 'Little America'" - Michael Patrick Cullinane, Northumbria University, Times Higher Education 'This is a very useful book, and not just for those who have an interest in Anglo-American relations. Collectively they [the contributions] illuminate how much has changed in American diplomacy over the past seven decades – and how much has not. The book is also a good reminder that even the best of friends often have profound differences.' – Dennis Jett, The Foreign Service Journal "This is a valuable addition to the literature on Anglo-American relations as it pioneers studies of the American ambassadors to the Court of St. James's. This important volume provides an in-depth analysis of the role of American ambassadors at the outbreak of World War II through the evolution of the Cold War to the era after the September 11, 2001, attacks. Not only is it a valuble contribution to the scholarly literature in the field but it should also be of itnerest to those who study Anglo-American relations." - Ritchie Ovendale, The Journal of American History