Learning to pull the strings after Suez: Macmillan’s management of the Eisenhower administration during the intervention in Jordan, 1958

Kettle, Louise (2016) Learning to pull the strings after Suez: Macmillan’s management of the Eisenhower administration during the intervention in Jordan, 1958. Diplomacy and Statecraft, 27 (1). pp. 45-64. ISSN 1557-301X

[img] PDF - Repository staff only until 21 September 2017. - Requires a PDF viewer such as GSview, Xpdf or Adobe Acrobat Reader
Download (314kB)

Abstract

This analysis re-instates the importance of the 1958 British intervention in Jordan within the study of Anglo-American relations and the revisionist literature on Suez. It does so by challenging the idea of British subservience to American foreign policy after the 1956 crisis, and it reveals two key lessons learnt by London: that Britain’s economy, power, and influence were in decline and that Britain could no longer intervene in the Middle East without American support. Having learnt these lessons, Prime Minister Harold Macmillan proved to be a shrewd political actor who used the opportunity of the Jordan intervention to turn the policy of the Dwight Eisenhower Administration to British ends, regaining Britain’s maximum power and prestige for the minimum loss of resources.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Suez; Jordan; Macmillan; history; learning; lessons; special relationship; imperial decline; 1958
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham UK Campus > Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/09592296.2016.1137733
Depositing User: Kettle, Louise
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2016 13:14
Last Modified: 21 Sep 2016 21:01
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/31696

Actions (Archive Staff Only)

Edit View Edit View