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The Eagle and the Lion: reassessing Anglo-American strategic planning and the foundations of U.S. grand strategy for World War II

Golub, Grant (2022) The Eagle and the Lion: reassessing Anglo-American strategic planning and the foundations of U.S. grand strategy for World War II. Journal of Strategic Studies. ISSN 0140-2390

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Identification Number: 10.1080/01402390.2022.2104837

Abstract

Many accounts of the formation of American and British grand strategy during World War II between the fall of France and the Pearl Harbor attacks stress the differences between the two sides’ strategic thinking. These accounts argue that while the Americans favored a ‘direct’ Germany-first approach to defeating the Axis powers, the British preferred the ‘indirect’ or ‘peripheral’ method. However, a review of Anglo-American strategic planning in this period shows that before official U.S. wartime entry, both sides largely agreed the British ‘peripheral’ approach was the wisest grand strategy for winning the war.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://www.tandfonline.com/journals/fjss20
Additional Information: © 2022 The Author
Divisions: International History
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D731 World War II
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2022 10:54
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2023 17:16
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/115693

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