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By Douglas Brinkley

President Truman's Secretary of country (1949-53), Dean Acheson was once an important determine within the shaping of the postwar international. In an astonishingly inventive and critical tenure Acheson was once concerned to a point seldom discovered at the present time in a massive diversity of concerns: from the construction of NATO to the Korean warfare. the results of an enormous commemorative convention, this quantity brings jointly ten special diplomatic historians, commissioned to write down on numerous features of Acheson's occupation, in keeping with basic archival examine.

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Acheson believed that AngloAmerican interests around the world were largely identical and that a reinforcing relationship was therefore desirable. Achieving this relationship required important adjustments in American policy. The strategic design behind the Marshall Plan, particularly the notion of European integration, had to take account of Britain's commitments in other areas deemed vital to the 'world position' of the United States, and American leaders had to use their aid to safeguard these commitments.

I am interested in the balance sheet of gain and risk to people of this country. ' 9 In his memoirs he noted only briefly his Anglophilic sentiments. It was not necessary to do more than that. My own attitude had long been and was known to have been, pro-British. At the beginning of the Roosevelt administrations, I had urged FDR to relieve Britain of the intolerable Dean Acheson and the Atlantic Community 31 and impossible burden of repaying the war debts ofl914-18. In 1939-40 I had preached that the renewal of the European Civil War involved us, and I played a part in the destroyersfor-bases deal that followed Dunkirk.

Acheson quoted in Leffler, 'The United States and the Strategic Dimensions of the Marshall Plan', 300. For the negotiations on this issue see Acheson, Present at the Creation, 398-9. See also FRUS, 1950 3:97-9, 105-12, 118-21, 123-5, 844-7. In addition to the first source cited in the previous note, the negotiations on this issue can be followed in FRUS, 1950 3:77-8, 80-1, 103-5, 112-18, 123-5, 844-7, 894-5, 903-8, 1061-71, 1103-5. For the final agreement see 'North Atlantic Council Resolution on Central Machinery', US Department of State, Bulletin 22 (29 May 1950): 831.

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