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Title: Britain and Eduardo Frei's Chilean 'revolution in liberty' : 1964-1970
Author: Dennis, Paul
Awarding Body: University of Kent
Current Institution: University of Kent
Date of Award: 2010
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At its origin this study was primarily concerned with British policy towards Chile in the period 1964 to 1970, and, at a wider level, British policy towards Latin America. However, as the thesis evolved it became abundantly clear that issues surrounding US-Chilean relations and Chilean domestic politics would prove integral to its formation. Indeed, not merely as supporting secondary components but as core essential thematic strands. In the nineteenth century, Britain enjoyed a degree of commercial pre-eminence in Latin America, and close trading, diplomatic and cultural relations with a number of the countries of the region. But in the first half of the twentieth century, the UK's links with the continent had become much looser, though they were never severed. For Harold Wilson's Labour governments (1964-66 and 1966-70) the re-forging of intimate relations, particularly in the spheres of trade and commerce, was seen as one way of helping the United Kingdom to overcome the serious economic problems then bedevilling the country. Of all the states of Latin America, it was Chile with which Britain traditionally had enjoyed the warmest and most cordial of relations, and it was Chile that would play a central role in the Labour government's new, or revived, approach to Latin America. Yet, for reasons, which will become clear, by 1970 Chile had been overtaken by Brazil, Mexico and Venezuela as the UK's first-choice commercial partners.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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