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 dating came upon a brand new rent of lifestyles less than Blair as Britain again and again "chose" the united states in its evolving international coverage orientation instead of Europe.There was once, he argues, no inevitability approximately this reaction to the publish 11th of September overseas scenario and its long term purpose and clients nonetheless stay unsure.
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Several points need to be clarified concerning leftist British anti-Americanism. Firstly, much such sentiment reflects cultural attitudes as well as socialist values. In the early 1950s, for example, E. P. Thompson wrote of the ‘American Dream’ as ‘childish and debased’. Sinclair Lewis’s Babbit (1922), the story of a culturally retarded, acquisitive house agent, according to Thompson, ‘only foreshadows the horrors of today’ (Cunliffe, 1986, 25). In fairness, it should be conceded that opposition to American cultural imperialism does not always rest entirely on cultural condescension.
It is the reaction of one old friend to another when the latter is acting wholly unreasonably and unacceptably’ (Kilfoyle, 2003). Disentangling legitimate criticism from generalized hostility is very difficult. Yet it is undeniable that generalized, unreflective hostility to the US does exist, and that it was very much in evidence around the time of the Bush visit. As good an effort as any to define ‘antiAmericanism’ is that attempted by Barry and Joyce Colp Rubin (2004, ix). They contend that anti-Americanism exhibits one or more of the following characteristics: ‘antagonism to the United States that is systemic, seeing it as completely and inevitably evil’; any ‘view that greatly exaggerates America’s shortcomings’; the ‘deliberate misrepresentation of the nature or policies of the United States for political purposes’; and ‘misrepresentation of American society, policies, or goals which falsely portrays them as ridiculous or malevolent’.
Magee travelled to the US for the first time in 1955 with ‘a full set of antiAmerican prejudices …: cultural, English, European and leftwing’. He found them all confounded (Magee, 1990). For the young Malcolm Bradbury (1980, 119), American culture provided an escape from the ‘constraining class-oriented, provincial embrace’ of Britain. Many British intellectuals have no doubt shared the reported reaction of Isaiah Berlin to the US: simultaneously attracted by its democratic vitality and amused by its vulgarity (Ignatieff, 1998, 102).
A Special Relationship: Anglo American Relations from the Cold War to Iraq (2nd Edition) by John Dumbrell