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American Big Business in Britain and GermanyA Comparative History of Two "Special Relationships" in the 20th Century$
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Volker R. Berghahn

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780691161099

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691161099.001.0001

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British and German Business and Politics under the Pax Americana, 1941–1957

British and German Business and Politics under the Pax Americana, 1941–1957

(p.286) VI British and German Business and Politics under the Pax Americana, 1941–1957
American Big Business in Britain and Germany

Volker R. Berghahn

Princeton University Press

This chapter examines the third round in the German–American–British business relationship from 1941 to 1957. It begins with an account of Hitler's activities in Eastern Europe, before turning to the magazine article published by American businessman Henry Luce, entitled, “The American Century.” This article postulated that, if the twentieth century had not been an American one in its first half, the United States should at least make every effort to realize this idea in its second half, and shape a peace for the rest of the twentieth century that was based on American principles of sociopolitical and economic organization. From here, the chapter discusses the role of American big business in postwar and Cold War periods, the question of cartels, economic reconstruction, and others.

Keywords:   postwar America, Cold War, Pax Americana, British business, German business, The American Century, American big business, cartels, economic reconstruction

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