Brothers Across the Ocean: British Foreign Policy and the by Iestyn Adams

By Iestyn Adams

The "Special dating" has lengthy been a number one function of the diplomacy among the USA and Britain, and not extra mentioned and wondered than now, following the Iraq conflict. yet Brothers around the Ocean is a special exam into the relationship's early background, while Britain's function as a number one international energy used to be commencing to be rivaled-and ultimately eclipsed--by the USA. in keeping with special exam of professional and personal papers, Lestyn Adams's learn exhibits how Anglo-American international relations operated in such various areas as South the United States, Canada--especially the Newfoundland disputes--Hawaii, and, vitally, within the a ways East. here's the best instance of Anglo-American cooperation following the Russo-Japanese War--a clash of worldwide importance--setting the degree for Anglo-American cooperation in the course of the 20th century and past.

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As the first gunboats were seized, however, signs of bad management became immediately apparent. While the British squadron acted in accordance with its Government’s wishes – seizing three gunboats and sending the crews ashore – their German counterparts managed to sink two ships off La Guaira. ’66 Whatever the truth – and it was true that Castro’s navy was in a lamentable condition – it was clearly a mistake not to make a public defence as American opinion reacted angrily and laid the blame squarely on Germany.

59 Lansdowne clearly had no fear of Venezuela and Roosevelt’s apparently benevolent attitude removed his final doubts. It was symptomatic of Lansdowne’s caution, however, that he should devote part of his speech to the theme of AngloAmerican unity. ’60 Such a blatant appeal to Anglo-Saxonism, coming when it did, was hardly coincidence and, like his earlier speech at Darlington during the latter stages of the canal negotiation, was primarily intended for American ears. When British and German warships sailed for Venezuela, then, it was understood that the United States, whilst not actually supporting the European Powers, would stand aside.

47 This was probably an empty threat. If Roosevelt really intended to land troops in Central America, it was a sharp departure from the non-interventionist policy that the United States had maintained since the Venezuelan boundary dispute of 1896. Castro’s unruly behaviour gained speed as the year ended. With his few dilapidated gunboats he attempted to establish a blockade of the Orinoco. On July 29, Lansdowne directed Arthur Raikes to ascertain the State Department’s response. ’48 With the State Department still deciding whether or not to recognise the blockade, the British cruiser “Phaeton” sailed down the river, broke through the weak cordon of Venezuelan ships and entered Ciudad Bolivar.

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