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Journal of Transatlantic Studies

, Volume 17, Issue 3, pp 370–391 | Cite as

Transatlantic relations in the run-up to Pearl Harbor: The Dutch East Indies at Stake

  • Anne van WijkEmail author
Original Article

Abstract

This paper provides an extensive historical reconstruction of the diplomatic exchanges between the United States, the Netherlands and Great Britain regarding the 1941 oil embargo on Japan. Based on new multi-archival evidence, it interrogates Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s foreign policy and allied cooperation in the Far East during this time, and sheds new light on the question whether FDR aimed to provoke or deter Japan at the onset of the American entry into World War II. This research contributes to the diplomatic and transatlantic history literature, foreign policy analysis literature, and speaks more specifically to the debate on deception and the American entry into the Second World War.

Keywords

Transatlantic relations Diplomacy Far East FDR World War II 

Notes

Acknowledgements

I wish to thank Marloes Beers, Duco Hellema, Patrick James, Jonathan Markowitz, Stefanie Neumeier, Joseph Saraceno, Mathieu Segers, Marc Trachtenberg, Jaap Verheul, Melvin Wevers and the anonymous reviewers for their support and comments on earlier drafts.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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