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 distinctive courting came across a brand new rent of lifestyles below Blair as Britain again and again "chose" the U.S. in its evolving international coverage orientation instead of Europe.There used to be, he argues, no inevitability approximately this reaction to the publish 11th of September overseas state of affairs and its long term intent and clients nonetheless stay doubtful.
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Such notions do not fit all that easily within the more pragmatic, earthbound British tradition. We have, however, already seen the characteristic themes of continental West European antiAmericanism being articulated by a character in D. H. Lawrence’s The Plumed Serpent. Yet Britain has also long performed the role of ‘cultural broker’ between the US and continental Europe. The British like to regard themselves as less defensive than other Western Europeans, more assured and more sophisticated in their understanding of, and ability to deal with, American power.
According to President Bill Clinton, the US actually needed a ‘third revolution’, in the wake of the American Revolution and the civil rights movement, to ‘prove that we literally can live without having a dominant European culture’ (The Economist, 13 November 2004, 56). , 1994). To many Americans in the post-1960 era, Englishness – or, perhaps, the ‘English’ element in ‘Britishness’ – has tended to evoke images of a kind of haughtiness in rags: a refusal to acknowledge that the days of empire were spent.
Yet simple disdain does exist. British journalist Keith Botsford (1990) compared an America which ‘has little tolerance of suffering and unhappiness’ to a child feeling ‘deprived by being denied a sweet’. Such sentiments are a legitimate cause of American resentment. ’ Relieving Americans of their money was simply sporting, ‘since they would only squander it in Transatlantic Attitudes 31 some tasteless and useless fashion’ (Wolfe, 1987, 164). Like adolescent rebels the world over, Americans are often seen by Britons as seeking to shock: of veering to extremes of individualism, acquisitiveness, insularity, lack of taste, occasionally of Puritanism, not to mention unreflective responses to communism and Islamic terrorism.