Resolutely, Britain's Harold Macmillan began to turn his countrymen's gaze away from the last humiliating weeks. In his first broadcast as Prime Minister last week, Macmillan passed rapidly over the Suez war ("I believe history will justify what we did"), and briskly informed those who saw the imminent end of the American alliance: "We do not intend to part from the Americans and we do not intend to be satellites."

The Prime Minister's chief object was clearly to put the "great" back into Great Britain. "Britain," he reminded Little Englanders, "is not...

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