The 9/11 terrorist attacks and the West's subsequent intervention in Iraq have brought the debate over Anglo-American relations into the public domain. The term "special relationship," which Winston Churchill used to describe this political bond, was coined in 1946. This textbook describes the origins and distinctive features of that special relationship and its justifications for continued existence within contemporary international relations. It also engages with debates over the phrase's authenticity and other controversies.
The volume's innovative structure combines thematic, chronological, and regional approaches to build a complete portrait of the phenomenon and its historical relevance. Divided into three parts: elements of specialness, Cold War Anglo-American relations, and post-Cold War Anglo-American relations, the text is designed for classroom instruction and contains essential tools for students and general readers, including chronological timelines, a glossary, and recommendations for further reading.