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Rising Titans, Falling GiantsHow Great Powers Exploit Power Shifts$
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Joshua R. Itzkowitz Shifrinson

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781501725050

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501725050.001.0001

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The U.S. and Soviet Response to Britain’s Decline

The U.S. and Soviet Response to Britain’s Decline

(p.63) Chapter 3 The U.S. and Soviet Response to Britain’s Decline
Rising Titans, Falling Giants

Joshua R. Itzkowitz Shifrinson

Cornell University Press

Building on the preceding chapter, Chapter 3 analyzes U.S. and Soviet responses to the decline of the United Kingdom. This portion of the book shows that the United States and Soviet Union each adopted supportive strategies towards Britain in 1945-1947, calculating that each could use Great Britain to compete against the other. However, once Britain decisively aligned with the United States after mid-1947, U.S. and Soviet efforts diverged: U.S. strategy remained highly supportive, whereas the Soviet Union turned toward predation. These results provide strong evidence in support of the argument, matching predictions derived from predation theory (see Chapter 3) while disconfirming the course of events expected by alternative arguments.

Keywords:   United States foreign policy, Soviet foreign policy, Cold War, Great Britain, Decline, NATO, Marshall Plan, Anglo-Soviet alliance, Anglo-American loan

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