Michael Fredrick Rollin
Instructor, Department of History, Texas Tech University at Fredericksburg/Highland Lakes
"Pax Britannia or Pax Americana: The Great War and Anglo-American Naval Diplomacy, 1916-22"
Date: Tuesday, November 20, 2018
Time/Location: 6:00 p.m. in the Lubbock room (124) of the Texas Tech Student Union Building
During the latter years of the Great War, and continuing into the Washington Naval Conference of 1921-22, the tenor of relations between the United Kingdom and the United States grew increasingly tense. Dr. Rollin's talk will explore the nature of those tensions, identifying what caused them and how they were addressed and resolved by officials from both nations. Although the United States had entered the Great War on the side of Britain and the Allied Powers, the so-called 'special relationship' lay more than two decades in the future. Would Britannia continue to rule the waves or would accommodations be made for an ascendant America?