Trade and Shipping to Cuba 1961-1963: An Irritant in Anglo-American Relations

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dc.contributor.author Thomas, Guto Rhys
dc.date.accessioned 2009-11-17T16:17:47Z
dc.date.available 2009-11-17T16:17:47Z
dc.date.issued 2001-09-30
dc.identifier.citation Thomas, G. R., (2001) 'Trade and Shipping to Cuba 1961-1963: An Irritant in Anglo-American Relations', Department of International Politics, Aberystwyth University en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2160/3539
dc.description.abstract This thesis provides a detailed account of the friction between Britain and the United States, over trade and shipping policy towards Cuba. It demonstrates that Britain's continuing trade with Cuba in the years immediately after Castro's revolution in 1959 caused difficulties for Anglo-American relations. This was particularly the case after the imposition of US economic sanctions. But Cuba was a manifestation of a basic difference of approach towards relations with the countries of the Soviet bloc as a whole. Tberefore, the British trading principles connected to freedom of the sew and free trade became major obstacles for the maintenance of a unified Anglo-American front against the Soviet bloc in general, and, specifically, as this thesis will examine, in relations with Cuba. In fact, it will be shown that despite close co-operation between Britain and the United States during the Cuban missile crisis of October 1962, such solidarity was short lived. The general trend, and therefore the thrust of this thesis, pulls in the opposite direction. Indeed, by the end of 1963, such were the disagreements over trade with the bloc, that it was described by one senior British official as being one of the major irritants in the 'special relationship. ' This thesis provides a new context within which to understand Macmillan's actions during the Cuban missile crisis, and the role that the British government played in October 1962, and will present an interpretation of Britain's attitude towards trade relations with Cuba, which will challenge popular conceptions about the state of relations during the Macmillan-Kennedy era - an era held high in the past as a golden age of Anglo- American co-operation. It concludes that the 'special relationship' was full of contradictions, and supports the contention that it was, in fact, an extremely complex phenomenon. en
dc.description.sponsorship UWA; Kathleen and Margery Elliott Scholarship Trust; Sir Richard Stapely Educational Trust en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Aberystwyth University en
dc.title Trade and Shipping to Cuba 1961-1963: An Irritant in Anglo-American Relations en
dc.type Text en
dc.type.publicationtype doctoral thesis en


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