The ‘first follower’ and Roosevelt’s NOW
Britain, 1940–43
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This chapter shows the way in which official and non-official thinking in Britain drew up its agenda for the post-war period during the war. It examines, in somewhat less detail than for the United States, the machinery, practice and thinking of various key groupings within British official and non-official circles to show how they interacted. The chapter also shows how these processes chimed, or did not so agree, with thinking already described in the United States. Britain developed an approach to the future that was to have elements of harmony, but also elements of discord, with the American new world order (NWO). They were very suspicious initially of both the American plans for an NWO as a plot against socialism but persuaded themselves that Franklin Delano Roosevelt's commitment to the Atlantic Charter gave them a mandate to transform British society.

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