Lord Peter Hennessy and Dr James Jinks ‘Special Nuclear Relationship: America and Britain, 1958 to the Present’

March 2019

20 Mar 2019, 18:00 to 20 Mar 2019, 20:00
Woburn Suite, G22/26, Ground Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
In 2015 Peter Hennessy and James Jinks collaborated on a much praised history of the Royal Submarine Service, The Silent Deep. In this talk these historians draw on that scholarship in examining the naval collaboration between the US and Britain and the nature of the ‘Special Relationship’. The 1958 US-UK Mutual Defense Agreement and the 1963 Polaris Sales Agreement are amongst the issues to be explored. The authors’ research has included privileged access to missile launches at Cape Canaveral. Peter Hennessy is the Attlee Professor of Contemporary British History at Queen Mary, University of London, and is one of the country’s leading public historians. His numerous books include The Hidden Wiring and The Prime Minister: The Office and Its Holders Since 1945. For his first book, James Jinks was commissioned by Her Majesty’s Government to write 50 Years of the Polaris Sales Agreement. He is currently working on A Very British Bomb, a history of the British nuclear deterrent.


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