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Title: Britain, America and the United Nations operation in the Congo 1960-1963
Author: Hemming, P. E.
Awarding Body: University of Cambridge
Current Institution: University of Cambridge
Date of Award: 1997
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This thesis is a study of British and American approaches to the Opération des Nations Unies au Congo (ONUC) during the Congo crisis of 1960-1963. It begins by putting the crisis in the historical context of the two main post-war international themes - the Cold War and decolonisation-and the attempts of both powers to define their international roles. The thesis then goes on to explore the Congo crisis on a chronological basis. US and British attitudes towards ONUC are analysed, with a special focus on the effect of and on the Anglo-American 'special relationship'. While America and Britain both supported the establishment of ONUC, as the crisis progressed they found themselves disagreeing over both the objectives and the methods of the UN operation. This divergence was due to fundamental disparities in British and American perceptions of what was at stake in the Congo. US policy was driven primarily by the desire to prevent chaos in Africa and forestall the extension of Communist influence on the continent. For Britain the crisis's impact on the decolonisation process in British Africa was of paramount concern. The thesis also develops the idea that as the crisis progressed, Britain became increasingly disillusioned with the United Nations. It concludes that although the crisis did illustrate of the strengths of Anglo-American relations, the so-called 'special relationship' was not so special as far as Africa was concerned.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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