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America in the British Imagination

1945 to the Present

Authors: Lyons, J.

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How was American culture disseminated into Britain? Why did many British citizens embrace American customs? And what picture did they form of American society and politics? This engaging and wide-ranging history explores these and other questions about the U.S.'s cultural and political influence on British society in the post-World War II period.

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"Lyons presents a sweeping analysis of the impact of American culture on British society. Denim Jeans, James Dean, Bowling Alleys, Elvis Presley, Henry Ford, Hamburgers, Soul Music, and Ronald Reagan are all here in a sophisticated synthesis of the ways in which individuals, products, trends, images, myths and dreams shaped the identities of a diverse range of British icons from the Beatles to Margaret Thatcher." - Keith Gildart, Professor of Labour and Social History, University of Wolverhampton, UK and author of Images of England through Popular Music: Class, Youth and Rock 'n' Roll, 1955-1976 (2013)

"Lyons offers us a genuinely original, important, and broad-ranging look at the impact of the United States on postwar Great Britain. How America influenced Britain in the realms of economics, culture, foreign policy, and politics is one of his tasks; how different groups of Britons conservatives, left-wingers, intellectuals, and ordinary people, among others - responded to that influence over time is the other. Drawing on innumerable voices across the political and demographic spectrum, Lyons has produced a book on British hostility, admiration, and ambivalence toward American power, society, and influence that is a sophisticated, engaging, and highly readable." - Eric Arnesen, Professor of History, The George Washington University, USA

"Why is David Bowie 'Bowie'? Or Ring 'Ringo'? All this and more we learn from John Lyons's witty survey of the US cultural bombardment of Britain since VJ Day. The romp includes McDonald's, Elvis, Dallas, Oprah even Milton Friedman. En route to a shrewd analysis of globalization's impact on the Tight Little Island, Lyons astutely and wittily depicts US cultural influences and Britain's never-passive reception of them." - Richard Fried, author of The Russians are Coming! (1999)


Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Lyons, John F.

    Pages 1-6

  • The Architect of Modern Britain: The Influence of the United States on Britain, 1945–1963

    Lyons, John F.

    Pages 7-34

  • Terra Incognita

    Lyons, John F.

    Pages 35-63

  • The British Working Class and the United States, 1963–1979

    Lyons, John F.

    Pages 65-93

  • The United States and the Politics of Thatcherism, 1979–1990

    Lyons, John F.

    Pages 95-122

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Hardcover $105.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
America in the British Imagination
Book Subtitle
1945 to the Present
Authors
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-37680-0
DOI
10.1057/9781137376800
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-37678-7
Softcover ISBN
978-1-137-37679-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 266
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