Allies of a Kind (Magill's Literary Annual 1979)
Christopher Thorne, a Reader in International Relations at Sussex University in Great Britain, is a leading authority on twentieth century diplomatic history. His earlier books in this field include The Approach of War: 1938-1939 and The Limits of Foreign Policy: The West, the League and the Far Eastern Crisis of 1931-1933. Now, to these substantial works, Thorne has added the monumental Allies of a Kind: The United States, Britain and the War Against Japan, 1941-1945. With indefatigable energy, the author spent almost five years digging in the recently opened files of the British, Dutch, American, and Australian archives, and in the private papers of prominent Americans, Britons, and Australians. The fruit of all this labor is a new and searching look at the workings of the Anglo-American partnership during World War II.
Thorne’s book is divided into six parts. Part One gives the reader the background of British-American relations in the Far East from 1939 to the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor to the Allied Conference of Casablanca, in January, 1943. Part Three treats the period from January, 1943, to the Cairo Conference of December, 1943. Part Four covers the period from the Cairo Conference to the second Quebec Conference of September, 1944, while Part Five carries the story to the time of the Japanese surrender to the Allies in September, 1945. Part Six is an epilogue in which the return of the European Powers to...
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