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The Anglo-French coalition that fought Russia was an unlikely combination. After 1815 relations had often been hostile, and yet they managed to concert policy and strategy to invade and defeat Russia – the continental superpower of the age.
The difficulties confronting US policymakers forging a coalition during the 1960s are wholly recognisable today: to encourage political and military support for a conflict that proved deeply divisive.
The relationship between Britain and American during the final years of the First World War demonstrates that a common enemy does not necessarily ensure a seamless alliance.
A German appraisal of the Naval Race indicates that it may well have been fuelled by British over reaction and miscalculation.
In the shadow of the Great War, General Sir Edmund Barrow questioned the validity of Norman Angell’s theory that projections of military power had become futile.