America in the British Imagination 1945 to the Present

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2013-12-18
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

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This lively and engaging cultural history explores a series of interrelated questions about the U.S.'s influence on British society in the years following World War II. How was American culture disseminated into Britain? Why did large sections of British society embrace American customs? What picture did British citizens form of American society and politics? And how did the Cold War's end and the September 11 attacks affect that picture? Here, author John F. Lyons draws on cinema, literature, contemporary journalism, unpublished oral interviews, and a host of other sources to explore not only the ways in which American society impacted Britain, but the ways in which America's complex identity was refracted in the minds of the citizens of its closest ally.

Author Biography

John F. Lyons is Professor of History at Joliet Junior College, USA. His previous books include Teachers and Reform: Chicago Public Education, 1929-70 (2008) and Teaching History Online (2009).

Table of Contents

1.The Architect of Modern Britain: The Influence of the United States on Britain, 1945 to 1963
2.Terra Incognita: The United States in the British Imagination, 1945 to 1963
3.The British Working Class and the U.S.A., 1963-1979
4.The United States and the Politics of Thatcherism, 1979 to 1990
5.Culture Wars, 1990 to 2001
6.September 11 and After: From Hostility to Indifference, 2001-2013

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