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Reagan and Thatcher's Special Relationship$
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Sally-Ann Treharne

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780748686063

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748686063.001.0001

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The 1970s: A Decline in Anglo-American Specialness and US–UK Relations with Latin America

The 1970s: A Decline in Anglo-American Specialness and US–UK Relations with Latin America

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(p.18) 1 The 1970s: A Decline in Anglo-American Specialness and US–UK Relations with Latin America
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Reagan and Thatcher's Special Relationship
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Sally-Ann Treharne

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748686063.003.0002

Anglo-American relations could not be termed as particularly ‘special’ during the 1970s. This was a decade of overall decline in the Special Relationship. The relationship ebbed and flowed and experienced moments of improved cooperation and development, but these were largely overshadowed by diverging political and economic interests, growing US isolationism and a decline in British influence in world affairs.1 It can come as no surprise that the Latin American region held little importance to wider Anglo-American relations at this time. In fact, the region was marginalised by both the US and the UK governments in the 1970s as various domestic issues came to the fore. There was one exception, and that was Chile; US–UK relations with Chile were predicated upon a desire to closely monitor the regime of General Augusto Pinochet Ugarte. This chapter will examine the tone of Anglo-American relations in the 1970s as a benchmark from which to appreciate the importance of the subsequent Reagan–Thatcher relationship. It will also briefly examine relations between Thatcher and Carter from 1979 to 1981 as a period of indifferent quality in bilateral relations.

Keywords:   Anglo-American, Relations, US, UK, Latin America, Chile

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