Skip to content
Register Sign in Wishlist

Transition of Power
Britain's Loss of Global Pre-eminence to the United States, 1930–1945


  • Date Published: March 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521025287

£ 29.99

Add to cart Add to wishlist

Other available formats:
Hardback, eBook

Looking for an inspection copy?

This title is not currently available on inspection

Product filter button
About the Authors
  • This book addresses one of the least understood issues in modern international history: how, between 1930 and 1945, Britain lost its global pre-eminence to the United States. The crucial years are 1930 to 1940, for which until now no comprehensive examination of Anglo-American relations exists. Transition of Power analyses these relations in the pivotal decade, with an epilogue dealing with the Second World War after 1941. Britain and the United States, and their intertwined fates, were fundamental to the course of international history in these years. Professor McKercher's book dissects the various strands of the two powers' relationship in the fifteen years after 1930 from a British perspective - economic, diplomatic, naval and strategic.

    • The first detailed analysis of relations between the USA and Britain in the crucial years before and during the Second World War
    • Includes a wide range of subjects, such as political, diplomatic, economic, naval and strategic history
    • Offers new interpretative material for readers of international history, the origins of the Second World War, and of the war itself
    Read more

    Reviews & endorsements

    '… a thoroughly documented piece of research which marries the American factor into a detailed study of British policy in the face of the combined threats from Hitler's Germany, Mussolini's Italy and Imperial Japan, and the consequent change in Britain's position from being the Colossus through whose legs Americans could catch a distorted view of world politics to the position of junior partner in an Anglo-American victory.' The Times Literary Supplement

    Customer reviews

    Not yet reviewed

    Be the first to review

    Review was not posted due to profanity


    , create a review

    (If you're not , sign out)

    Please enter the right captcha value
    Please enter a star rating.
    Your review must be a minimum of 12 words.

    How do you rate this item?


    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521025287
    • length: 416 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.615kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Prologue: power and purpose in Anglo-American relations, 1919–29
    1. The end of Anglo-American naval rivalry, 1929–30
    2. The undermining of war debts and reparations, 1929–32
    3. Disarmament and security in Europe and the Far East, 1930–2
    4. The unravelling of cooperation, 1932–3
    5. Moving away from the United States, 1933–4
    6. Britain, the United States, and the global balance of power, 1934–5
    7. From Abyssinia to Brussels via London, Madrid and Peking, 1935–7
    8. Appeasement, deterrence, and Anglo-American relations, 1938–9
    9. Belligerent Britain and the neutral United States, 1939–41
    Epilogue: 'A new order of things', 1941–5
    Select bibliography

  • Author

    Brian J. C. McKercher, Royal Military College of Canada, Ontario

Sign In

Please sign in to access your account


Not already registered? Create an account now. ×

Sorry, this resource is locked

Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email

Register Sign in
Please note that this file is password protected. You will be asked to input your password on the next screen.

» Proceed

You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner Please see the permission section of the catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.

Continue ×

Continue ×

Continue ×

Find content that relates to you

Join us online

This site uses cookies to improve your experience. Read more Close

Are you sure you want to delete your account?

This cannot be undone.


Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.

If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.

Please fill in the required fields in your feedback submission.