At the beginning of the twentieth century, British investors maintained a close relationship with the Mexican government. By 1940 the relationship had ended. Such an ending was as much the result of Britain's decline as a world power as the consequences of a series of political mistakes made by the British Foreign Office. The Mexican Revolution and its nationalism were incomprehensible and unacceptable to British decision makers. In the political struggle that followed between the two countries, Great Britain lost an opportunity to reestablish its influence in Mexico, leaving the United States in a more advantageous position.
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