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Mr. Kerry Goes To Washington: Lord Lothian And The Genesis Of The Anglo-American Alliance, 1939-1940, Craig Edward Saucier Jan 2008

Mr. Kerry Goes To Washington: Lord Lothian And The Genesis Of The Anglo-American Alliance, 1939-1940, Craig Edward Saucier

LSU Doctoral Dissertations

The purpose of this dissertation is to examine and assess the role of Philip Henry Kerr, eleventh Marquis of Lothian, the British ambassador to the United States from August 1939 to December 1940. While much of the historiography of Anglo-American relations during the Second World War focuses on the Roosevelt-Churchill axis, this dissertation contends that Lord Lothian played a vital, if not the principal, role in creating that axis and in forging closer relations during the vital months before Pearl Harbor. More generally, this dissertation contends that Lothian is a vital, if not the principal, architect of the “Special Relationship.” …