A Tale of Two Empires
This chapter discusses the rivalry between Great Britain and the U.S. during World War II. British Prime Minister Winston Churchill's objective in the war was the survival of Britain as a nation while the U.S., which experienced no direct threat to its territory, saw the war as an opportunity to create a new world order based on the ideals propounded by President Woodrow Wilson in 1918. President Franklin D. Roosevelt considered the U.S. government's emphasis on self-determination as incompatible with the maintenance of European colonial empires after the war. Throughout the war, senior American military and civilian officials showed deep distrust of British motives in planning military operations.
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