The US "Culture Wars" and the Anglo-American Special Relationship

Authors: Haglund, David G.

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  • Contributes to our understanding of the construction of the AASR as not simply a function of geopolitical developments but what allowed the possibility of an Anglo-American alliance
  • Approaches the topic of US intervention as an ontological-security issue that acted as an important factor in the origins of the Anglo-American security community
  • Examines the role of Irish- and German-Americans in influencing public opinion of US intervention and later alliance with Great Britain
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This book discusses “culture” and the origins of the Anglo-American special relationship (the AASR). The bitter dispute between ethnic groups in the US from 1914–17—a period of time characterized as the “culture wars”—laid the groundwork both for US intervention in the European balance of power in 1917 and for the creation of what would eventually become a lasting Anglo-American alliance. Specifically, the vigorous assault on English “civilization” launched by two large ethnic groups in America (the Irish-Americans and the German-Americans) had the unintended effect of causing America’s demographic majority at the time (the English-descended Americans) to regard the prospect of an Anglo-American alliance in an entirely new manner. The author contemplates why the Anglo-American “great rapprochement” of 1898 failed to generate the desired “Anglo-Saxon” alliance in Britain, and in so doing features theoretically informed inquiries into debates surrounding both the origins of the war in 1914 and the origins of the American intervention decision nearly three years later. 

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David G. Haglund is Professor of Political Studies at Queen's University, Canada. His research focuses on transatlantic security and Canadian and American international security policy.

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“Culture wars are nothing new to our times. In this impressive book, David Haglund shows us both the impact of the culture wars of a century ago and the ways that we need to explore the cultural roots of war.” (Michael S. Neiberg, author of Dance of the Furies: Europe and the Outbreak of World War I)

“David Haglund has written an insightful book on a topic of great historical significance. Fusing IR theory, work on ethnic politics, and historical analysis in an innovative fashion, he offers a novel interpretation of America’s entry into the First World War. This volume should be of interest to IR scholars and historians alike.” (Duncan Bell, Political Thought and International Relations, University of Cambridge, UK)

“For a century, the explanation of the timing of the United States’ entrance into the Great War has been ‘hiding in plain sight.’ With assiduous research and insightful reflection, David Haglund has at last given us the answer.” (David Clinton, Political Science, Baylor University, USA)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)
  • Identity, Culture Wars, and the Origins of the Anglo-American Special Relationship: A Huntingtonian Prelude

    Pages 3-23

    Haglund, David G.

  • The Puzzle of the Missing Anglo-American Alliance: 1914 and All That

    Pages 25-61

    Haglund, David G.

  • April 1917 Revisited: The Debate over the War’s Spread to America

    Pages 63-114

    Haglund, David G.

  • America’s Missing Diaspora: The “Hawthornian Majority” and Anglo-American Relations

    Pages 117-159

    Haglund, David G.

  • The German- and Irish-American Challengers to Hawthornian Identity

    Pages 161-202

    Haglund, David G.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The US "Culture Wars" and the Anglo-American Special Relationship
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-18549-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-18549-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-18548-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-18551-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 254
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