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Just how special is the Special Relationship?

Over the last 200 years Britain and the US have gone to war—directly or indirectly—many times

By Ben Wilson   September 2018
The British burning down the White House in 1814 Source: Wikipedia

The British burning down the White House in 1814 Source: Wikipedia

Just how special is the Special Relationship? In this compelling study, Kathleen Burk presents the relationship between Britain and the US as a complicated dance, one of rivalry  punctuated by pragmatic cooperation. The vantage point isn’t Washington or Westminster; it is the periphery of both countries’s empires: places such as the Canadian border, China, Japan and Latin America.

Burke is talking about the informal empire of financial and military…

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