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Anglo-American Relations and the Franco Question, 1945–1955$
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Jill Edwards

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198228714

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198228714.001.0001

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The Long Haul to the Accords

The Long Haul to the Accords

(p.234) 14 The Long Haul to the Accords
Anglo-American Relations and the Franco Question, 1945–1955

Jill Edwards

Oxford University Press

For Dean Acheson and Harry S. Truman, the ascendancy of military planners appeared to mark an admission of defeat on the Spanish question. The removal of the United Nations recommended sanctions on Spain facilitated the United States' pursuit of negotiations with Spanish leader Francisco Franco. Britain's negative response about the possible role of Spain in relation to the general defence of Western Europe was not simply a matter of socio-political factors, but military and economic as well. British defence chiefs placed the importance of Iberia high in the new NATO defence structure, but had more immediate and engrossing considerations in the Mediterranean than popular opinion or union pressure, had it so endeavoured, could alone have influenced. Like their American counterparts they had the politico-strategic dilemma presented by Spain under constant review. This chapter looks at the issue of military bases, accords, and the British armament industry in relation to Spain.

Keywords:   Dean Acheson, Harry Truman, NATO defence structure, accords, military bases, union pressure, armament industry, Mediterranean, Iberia, Western Europe

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