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The Arsenal of DemocracyAircraft Supply and the Evolution of the Anglo-American Alliance, 1938-1942$
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Gavin J. Bailey

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780748647477

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748647477.001.0001

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The Anglo-American Relationship and the Need for Historical Reinterpretation

The Anglo-American Relationship and the Need for Historical Reinterpretation

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(p.1) 1 The Anglo-American Relationship and the Need for Historical Reinterpretation
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The Arsenal of Democracy
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Gavin J. Bailey

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748647477.003.0001

This chapter first examines the historical relationship between Britain and the United States. It discusses how American power eclipsed British power in the world stage by the end of the nineteenth century, and the Lend-Lease Act in early 1941 — a measure designed to relieve the exhausted British dollar exchange resources needed to purchase American supplies in World War II. The chapter then sets out the book's purpose, which is to examine what the British wanted from American aircraft supply, how far they were able to meet those goals, and what affected the achievement of them. The study explores three key areas to expand and deepen the understanding of British aircraft supply diplomacy with the United States. Firstly, there is the issue of diplomacy itself. Secondly, there is the question of what contemporary British planners realistically expected in terms of aircraft supply and how they expected to employ it. Finally, there is the question of how successful American supply was in meeting those objectives, and what contemporary value it was seen to have as a result.

Keywords:   Britain, United States, British diplomacy, imperialism, colonialism, Lend-Lease Act, aircraft supply

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