208. Editorial Note

During the years 1955–1957, the “special relationship” between the United States and the United Kingdom underwent its most severe trial. That trial, following the nationalization of the Suez Canal Company in July 1956, is fully documented in volume XVI. The documents printed here concentrate on Anglo-American bilateral relations. The documents reflect the “special relationship,” particularly in the extensive discussions of the policy of each country with regard to shared problems and the efforts by each to understand the other’s policy, to achieve a common policy or to agree to differ.