By M. Hopkins, M. Kandiah, G. Staerck
Britain and the chilly warfare, 1945-1964 bargains new views on ways that Britain fought the chilly conflict, and illuminates key components of the coverage formula procedure. It argues that during many ways Britain and the USA perceived and dealt with the risk posed by means of the Communist bloc in related phrases: however, Britain's carrying on with worldwide commitments, post-war monetary difficulties and somestic issues obliged her sometimes to take on the probability fairly another way.
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There were some Conservatives who feared that this could lead to the widespread political radicalisation of the working classes, who could look eastwards to the Soviet Union which had apparently been left relatively unaffected by world economic crisis. 9 This was because, despite the famous Jarrow Hunger March in 1936, from the mid-1930s onwards unemployment, although remaining relatively high, dropped and was principally sectoral and largely conﬁned to regional pockets. 10 The National Government sought to keep the Soviet Union as isolated as possible and saw them as more dangerous than Nazi Germany, whom they believed could be ‘appeased’.
The Labour Government, which had won the 1945 General Election with an immense parliamentary majority in the House of Commons, was constructing a welfare state based on universal access and on ‘fair shares for all’ and this was seen as dangerous for domestic capitalism. Conservatives believed that workers’ rights would be equated to, or even supersede, owners’ rights and this would destroy individual incentive and lead to the enfeeblement of British society. 19 Headlam might have been expressing an extreme view, but it was not very extreme within Conservative circles.
So he minuted the record of a Foreign Ofﬁce discussion about Anglo–American relations: I am inclined to good fellowship, cordiality – combined with frankness, readiness to assert ourselves. At times we have perhaps been a bit too lame. 49 He reiterated the need for good publicity work in response to a letter on 26 May from Sir Oliver Franks, the British Ambassador in Washington, who reported on the tensions in Anglo–American relations over Korea, Taiwan and China. Franks noted that the American people were shocked and annoyed to ﬁnd that their main and most dependable ally was not always 100 per cent with them in every policy.