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 designated courting discovered a brand new hire of existence less than 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 submit September 11 overseas state of affairs and its long term reason and customers nonetheless stay unsure.
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Despite Samuel Johnson’s observation that he was willing to love all mankind, except an American, some of the most celebrated of anti-American statements have come from continental European pens. The German poet Heinrich Heine (1797–1856) was ‘afraid of a country where the people chew tobacco, where they play ninepin without a king and spit without a spittoon’. For Georges Duhamel, the legs of American women were ‘too beautiful … as if they had come off an assembly line’. In 1984, Nicole Bernheim described Reaganite America in familiar, if unabashed, parent-child terms.
Across the years since 1960, polls – unsurprisingly – show a greater public awareness of Europe’s importance to the UK and a decreasing rate of concern for the Commonwealth. Rates of approval for an integrated, federal Europe, however, are not high (Dowds and Young, 1996; Worcester, 1997). Rasmussen and McCormick, in their 1993 survey of Gallup polling on British attitudes to the US, included the observation: ‘at the level of British mass perceptions, the Anglo-American special relationship seems to be largely a myth’.
A key feature of such comment is the implied conclusion that failure to appreciate the joke simply confirms American humourlessness. Due to their exposure to US popular culture and to political reporting on the US, British students tend to approach the study of America in a confident frame of mind, albeit one filled with the familiar stereotypes. ’ African Americans ‘are poverty-stricken (celebrities aside), the South remains fundamentally racist and America is being overtaken by Hispanics’. American elections are ‘entirely based on personality and looks’.