Culture matters

Anglo-American relations and the intangibles of ‘specialness’

Edited by Robert Hendershot and Steve Marsh

Culture matters


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-5142-1
  • Pages: 312
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £80.00
  • Published Date: October 2020
  • BIC Category: Society & social sciences / International relations, Politics, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Popular Culture, POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Diplomacy, POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General, Society & social sciences / Society & culture: general, Society & social sciences / Diplomacy


This book examines how intangible aspects of international relations - including identity, memory, representation, and symbolic perception - have helped to shape the development and contribute to the endurance of the Anglo-American special relationship. Challenging traditional interpretations of US-UK relations and breaking new ground with fresh analyses of cultural symbols, discourses, and ideologies, this volume fills important gaps in our collective understanding of the special relationship's operation and exposes new analytical spaces in which we can re-evaluate its strengths and weaknesses. Designed to breathe new life into old debates about the relationship's purported specialness, this book offers a multidisciplinary exploration of literary representations, screen representations, political representations, representations in memory, and the influence of cultural connections and constructs which have historically animated Anglo-American interaction.


Introduction - Robert M. Hendershot and Steve Marsh
1 Towards Something Fresh? P.G. Wodehouse, transatlantic romances in fiction and the Anglo-American relationship - Finn Pollard
2 America in 'British' history textbooks - Srdjan Vucetic
3 Film follows the flag: cultural and economic relations between the British film industry and Hollywood - Jonathan Stubbs
4 Debating Downton: Anglo-American realities and relations - Dana Cooper
5 Anglo-American political culture - Alan P. Dobson
6 Pageantry, legitimation, and special Anglo-American relations - Steve Marsh
7 'A great Englishman': George Washington and Anglo-American memory diplomacy, c. 1890-1925 - Sam Edwards
8 Anglo-American narratives in public space: evaluating commemoration and generational transmission of the special relationship - Robert M. Hendershot
9 Beatlemania and the cultural politics of 1960s America - Thomas C. Mills
10 Culture and re-membering the alliance in Kosovo and Iraq: Anglo-American ironies under Clinton, Blair, and Bush - David Ryan
Conclusion: culture, 'specialness', and new directions - Robert M. Hendershot and Steve Marsh
Selected bibliography


Robert M. Hendershot is Professor of History in the Department of Social Sciences at Grand Rapids Community College, Michigan

Steve Marsh is Reader in International Relations at Cardiff University

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