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Title: The Anglo-Chilean Naval Association as a case to illustrate the Royal Navy's contribution to British peacetime foreign policy, 1925-1970
Author: Wise, Jonathan William
Awarding Body: University of Exeter
Current Institution: University of Exeter
Date of Award: 2011
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Abstract:
The historiography demonstrates that the Royal Navy's (RN) role in upholding and defending Britain's overseas interests in the middle years of the zo" Century, through what is defined as the 'coercive use of naval power', has been extensively analysed. By contrast, very little attention has been paid to what is referred to in this study as the RN's 'provider/client naval partnerships' with friendly nations. It is argued that partnerships of this kind, with Britain as the provider, have represented a significant component of the country's foreign relations as well as contributing to the nation's status as a leading exporter of naval vessels and equipment. The thesis uses the links between the Royal Navy and the Chilean Navy as a case study to explore this form of association. It will be shown that success depends on the working of a number of factors if the provider nation is to exert a lasting influence on the client navy and the relationship is to remain healthy. The time-span chosen demonstrates that even if such partnerships endure, they are likely to experience not only periods of relative prosperity but also of difficulty caused by fluctuating internal and external political influences and differences. The US-Chilean relationship in the two decades following the end of World War II is analysed by way of comparison in order to illustrate this point. The historical period covered also coincides with Britain's passage from an imperial to a post-imperial world power. The importance of the RN as an instrument of foreign policy is shown to evolve during these years rather than to decline. The primary source evidence for this study has been drawn from Foreign Affairs and Navy records mainly located in Britain but also in Chile and the United States.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID: uk.bl.ethos.538068  DOI: Not available
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