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Anglosphere illusions

As Suez proved, the idea of a cultural affinity between Britain and the US is meaningless. Britain should be America's critic

By Owen Harries   April 2001

During recent months, many people have been looking back to the beginning of the 20th century to find parallels with our present circumstances. The position of Britain then-both with respect to its dominance and the first signs of its decline-has been compared to that of the US today; the significance of the rise of Germany then has been compared to the anticipated emergence of China as a genuine world power. And Norman Angell’s belief-expressed on the eve of the first world war-that interdependence was rendering war obsolete is seen as the equivalent of the current faith in the pacific effects…

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