AUTHORSkogmar, Gunnar
TITLENuclear Triangle: Relations between the United States, Great Britain and France in the Atomic Energy Field, 1939-1950
PUBLISHERCopenhagen Political Studies Press
CITYCopenhagen, Denmark

In this book, the author examines relationships among France, Britain, and the U.S. during the 1940s to shed light on the political tensions that arose over the military, political, and economic uses of atomic energy. The historical analysis relies largely on primary sources. The author organizes the book by time period into six main parts, with the first concerning 1939 to June 1944, specifically looking at how the Quebec Agreement solidified the U.S.-UK nuclear relationship. Parts two and three detail the beginnings of France’s role with the U.S. and the UK, from June 1944 to August 1945, detailing how relationships changed with a shift in UK government and how the UK worked to strengthen its relationship with the US from August 1945 to the spring of 1946. Part four investigates 1946 to 1947, when Britain was betrayed by American policy solidified in the Atomic Energy Act of 1946, and part five concerns the period of Spring 1947 to the Modus Vivendi of 1948, which replaced the Quebec Agreement. Part six focuses on January 1948 to 1950, during which time U.S., British, and French relations led to the establishment of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and the U.S. and Britain formed a special, exclusive bond. An epilogue discusses how the U.S.-British relationship is still in evidence today.

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