Buchan, Alastair
July 1976
Foreign Affairs;Jul1976, Vol. 54 Issue 4, p645
This article deals with the development of "transnationalism"--which means the impact unofficial contacts and communications have on interstate relations, especially between the U.S. and Great Britain. Certainly no interstate relationship has been more permeated or effectively influenced by transnational factors than that between Great Britain and the United States. No two societies have had a more profound impact upon each other, in terms of racial stock, political and juridical concepts, culture in all its meanings. One way of reexamining the first century of the Anglo-American relationship is to think of it in terms of the first "adversary partnership" that the republic had to manage. This phrase too comes out of the social science jargon of the past decade, applied primarily to contemporary Soviet-American relations. In terms of brute economic and military power as well as the development of the natural and social sciences, United States had become the mother and Britain, the daughter society. Though Britain had, and has, an excellent public service, no serious attempt was made to harness the universities to the needs of British policymaking.


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