The Anglo-American special relationship since 1945

Professor Kathleen Burk, Professor Emerita of Modern and Contemporary History, University College London

Co-presented with the Laureate Research Program in International History and the United States Studies Centre, the University of Sydney

17 July, 2014

In 1940, Winston Churchill called for a special relationship between the United States and the British Empire and Commonwealth. He called for one again whilst speaking in Fulton, Missouri on the 5th of March 1946, the same speech in which he described the ‘iron curtain’ dividing Europe. Has there in fact been an Anglo-American special relationship since 1945? If so, what is it? Has it benefitted either country? And if it exists, will it continue to do so?

Kathleen Burk takes a sceptical view of the recurring hymns across the sea, whilst assessing the uses and abuses of the relationship by both countries.

Professor Kathleen Burk

Professor Kathleen Burk was born in California and educated at Berkeley and Oxford, where she was also a Rhodes Fellow. She is now the Professor Emerita of Modern and Contemporary History at University College London; she has also been a Visiting Professor in Korea, Norway and Germany, and a Visiting Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford. Specialising in the history of Anglo-American and Anglo-European relations, and of wine, she is the author or editor of eleven books and several dozen articles and essays.

Amongst her books are Britain, America and the Sinews of War 1914-1918 (1985), Troublemaker: The Life and History of A.J.P. Taylor (2000), Old World, New World: The Story of Britain and America (2007), and (with Michael Bywater) Is This Bottle Corked? The Secret Life of Wine (2008). She broadcasts extensively, particularly on financial and foreign policy topics, and is an international wine judge.