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British Policy Towards Latin America during World War II: Resisting the (Pan-)American Century

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Publication date15/10/2020
Host publicationBritain and the Growth of US Hegemony in Twentieth-Century Latin America: Competition, Cooperation and Coexistence
EditorsThomas Mills, Rory Miller
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages26
ISBN (Electronic)9783030483210
ISBN (Print)9783030483203
<mark>Original language</mark>English

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NameBritain and the World
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan


This chapter explores British policy towards Latin America during the Second World War. More specifically, it depicts British efforts to resist the expansion of US political and economic power in the region. In so doing, it challenges existing portrayals of Britain as having largely abandoned its interests in Lain America by the 1940s. Instead, it argues that the British government still maintained important interests in Latin America at the outbreak of World War II. Moreover, it made serious, if ultimately unsuccessful, efforts to defend these interests against encroachment by the United States. As a result, Anglo-American relations during World War II were characterised largely by rivalry over their competing economic interests, notwithstanding cooperation on limited areas of joint strategic and political concern.