By John Dumbrell
During this comprehensively revised and up to date new version of the highly-acclaimed textual content, John Dumbrell assesses how and why the Anglo-American specific courting came across a brand new rent of lifestyles lower than Blair as Britain many times "chose" the USA in its evolving international coverage orientation instead of Europe.There used to be, he argues, no inevitability approximately this reaction to the put up Sep 11 foreign scenario and its long term purpose and customers nonetheless stay unsure.
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Extra info for A Special Relationship: Anglo American Relations from the Cold War to Iraq (2nd Edition)
In 1900, the House of Commons debated the supposed effects on national morality of American plays being performed on the London stage. Frank Costigliola (1984a, 39) quotes a London newspaper attacking American films in the 1920s: ‘The film is to America what the flag was once to Britain. ’ By 1990, around 90 per cent of all British cinema box office receipts were for American films. John Lennon once remarked that he had been ‘half American’ ever since he heard his first Elvis Presley record. A 1997 discussion of ‘British cultural identity’ pointed to ‘the McDonaldisation of Britain’, a phenomenon related both to the casualization of work in service industries and to the ‘increased importance of standardization and quantity’ (Storry and Childs, 1997, 318).
George Ball, adviser to Presidents Kennedy and Johnson, was an anglophile of British descent, yet he recorded in his memoirs his impatience at British attitudes after 1945: British diplomats ‘thought of their country as on a different level from the nations of the continent; being a co-victor (of the Second World), it should deal with the United States as an 26 A Special Relationship equal’. Ball also recorded his irritation at the way British people tend to view American English as a ‘quaint variant of their own language’ (Ball, 1982, 81, 209).
According to Herbert J. Spiro (1988, 124), there has been in Britain, ‘virtually no cold war anti-Americanism and less of the policy-specific kind than in major Continental countries, regardless of whether Conservative or Labour governments have been in office’. Despite Samuel Johnson’s observation that he was willing to love all mankind, except an American, some of the most celebrated of anti-American statements have come from continental European pens. The German poet Heinrich Heine (1797–1856) was ‘afraid of a country where the people chew tobacco, where they play ninepin without a king and spit without a spittoon’.
A Special Relationship: Anglo American Relations from the Cold War to Iraq (2nd Edition) by John Dumbrell