By Victor Bulmer-Thomas
British kin with Latin the USA have declined dramatically. The energy of British impression in Latin the US within the 19th century couldn't be sustained because of the 2 international wars, the intervening melancholy and the emergence of the U.S. of the USA because the significant strength within the sector. due to the fact that 1945, regardless of possibilities to re-establish its presence, Britain has obvious one more decline in its kin with Latin the USA, and the implications of forget have been introduced domestic in stunning type through the warfare among Britain and Argentina in 1982. Britain and Latin the US: A altering dating stories the explanations for this decline, examines the resources of friction and explores the chance of strengthening kinfolk within the Nineteen Nineties.
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I am also grateful to my colleague Dr Colin Lewis for allowing me to read drafts of chapters for a volume on British business in Latin America which he and Dr Rory Miller of the University of Liverpool are currently editing. It promises to be a valuable addition to D. C M . ), Business Imperialism 1840-igjo (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1977). 1 Quoted in R. A. 148, 153. The literature on Britain's role in the independence of Latin America is immense. For a recent synthesis, see D. A. G. ), The Cambridge History of Latin America, vol.
It is impossible to survey all the cultural links, both formal and informal, which currently exist between Britain and Latin America, though I shall refer to some of these as the need arises. The emphasis here is on policy formulation, and most of these links are too diffuse to be able to think about them in this way (though of course education at one end and diplomacy at the other can take note of them, encourage them as and when appropriate and make use of them). Suffice it to say that there are more such contacts now than at any time in history, but that this is not as hopeful as it may seem, since international communication and cultural relations are proliferating everywhere and in all directions at an unparalleled and still accelerating rate of change.
Admittedly, much depends on one's understanding of culture and its current and possible functions, on the one hand, and on the other on one's understanding of Britain today, the British national interest and the objectives of cultural diplomacy. What is not in doubt, however, is that the subject of cultural diplomacy has been aired in the past four years as never before in post-war British history. Equally beyond doubt is the assertion that, in theory at least, few if any nations, with the possible exception of France, ought to be better placed than Britain to develop a modest, but mutually beneficial, relationship with Latin America.