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By Charlie Whitham

Promoted as a way for rectifying the issues of a area in severe want, the Anglo-American Caribbean fee (AACC) basically uncovered and exacerbated the underlying antagonisms among Britain and the USA over the commercial and political constitution of the post-war global. This learn locations the AACC, shaped in 1942, in the context of the Anglo-American wartime detailed dating, and examines the political, fiscal, and defense reasons on the middle of this special and little-known collaboration. It exposes the selection of the U.S. to exploit exigencies of struggle to impose its post-war plans upon Britain, and the tenacity of the British to shield even the smallest and least looked of its possessions despite neighborhood and foreign opposition.

The AACC used to be a battleground of conflicting British and American visions of a brand new West Indies, and it's going to hence function a practice session for key debates that will emerge on the finish of the struggle. For the us, the AACC was once a automobile for selling America's wide postwar objectives within the West Indies; for Britain, it was once easily a part of the fee that needed to be paid for American information within the struggle attempt. Debates in the AACC over the way forward for West Indian sugar, the legislation of price lists and alternate, constitutional reform and the growth of civil aviation reflected wider British and American differences.

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