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By Alison R. Holmes, J. Rofe

Covering the interval 1938 to 2008, The Embassy in Grosvenor sq. explores the function of the embassy within the Anglo-American 'special relationship', either by way of transatlantic affairs and problems with overseas relations.

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Kennedy, John G. Winant and, in the immediate post-war 20 The Embassy in Grosvenor Square period, W. Averell Harriman establish important precedents – though not always helpful ones – for the Ambassadors explored in subsequent chapters. What became known as the Second World War had already begun in the Far East when Joseph P. Kennedy arrived as Ambassador, but it was the impending European crisis that would dominate the Bostonian’s time in London. Initially welcomed into London society, Kennedy came to be on remarkably close terms with British Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain.

5 Although the President, who was elected four times, died in April 1945, Roosevelt’s influence could be felt in the appointment of Harriman the following year. The President’s propensity for ‘personal diplomacy’, seen in Harriman’s appointment to Moscow, was also apparent in Roosevelt’s two appointments to London (Harriman was nominated by President Harry The Wartime Ambassadors, 1938–1946 21 S. Truman). In Roosevelt’s estimation, personal diplomacy allowed him, as President, the opportunity to exert influence as and when he saw fit.

35. 1 Joseph P. Kennedy, 1938–40 J. ’1 These remarks from President Franklin D. Roosevelt in conversation with Treasury Secretary Henry Morgenthau in December 1937 are not the ringing endorsement that might be expected for a man the President was about to send to London as United States Ambassador. Indeed, Morgenthau added ‘he was going to send him to England as Ambassador with the distinct understanding that the appointment was only good for six months . ’. Against such a background it is perhaps a surprise that Joseph P.

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