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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 End of the War

The End of the War

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

Jill Edwards

Oxford University Press

Winston Churchill's references to Spain in May 1944 intensified fears in the Soviet Union of the formation of a Western bloc, a long held axiom of Russian foreign policy. So far as the United States was concerned, no bloc was yet envisaged and certainly not one which would include Francisco Franco. If Churchill's speech had been a miscalculation, difficulties increased a month later, when, during the United States Senate debate on foreign policy, questions were asked as to whether Churchill had extracted promises of aid from Franklin D. Roosevelt before 1941. By the end of 1944, disquiet in the United States and Britain on the Spanish question was rising. There were also reservations as evidence continued of Franco's support for the Axis powers. It was during September that the British realized that their own position in Spain in contrast to that of the United States was rapidly slipping.

Keywords:   Winston Churchill, Spain, Soviet Union, Russian foreign policy, Western bloc, Francisco Franco, Franklin Roosevelt, Axis powers

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