By John F. Lyons (auth.)
How used to be American tradition disseminated into Britain? Why did many British voters include American customs? And what photo did they type of American society and politics? This enticing and wide-ranging historical past explores those and different questions about the U.S.'s cultural and political impact on British society within the post-World warfare II period.
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Nationalism and imperialist nostalgia played an important role in shaping the Campaign’s protest and in strengthening its anti-Americanism,” Veldman asserted. ”4 Undoubtedly, some Britons were less than enamored with the United States. Many conservatives believed that it was culturally inferior to Britain and was bringing profound and unwanted changes to British society. The left expressed hostility to US foreign policy and to the inequalities that plagued American society. However, by focusing too much on the views of middle-class intellectuals, and by misreading legitimate criticisms of American Cold War policy and of American society as “anti-American,” historians have been too eager to describe the postwar years as a period of intense hostility to America.
132 Writing in 1961, journalist T. R. Fyvel noted “the Italian style,” which was taken up by steadily increasing numbers of working-class boys. The main components of the style were short jackets, fully draped at the back and at ﬁrst often broadly striped on the Italian pattern. The trousers were narrow; shirts could be coloured as well as white and cuffs and handkerchiefs were prominently shown. The new shoes were ﬁnely pointed on the Italian model and in London called Pickers or Pointers. The look was topped off with Italian- and French-style short crew-cut haircuts without oil or grease.
In July 1956, President Gamal Abdel Nasser of Egypt nationalized the Anglo-French controlled Suez Canal and in response French, British and Israeli troops occupied the Canal Zone. US president Dwight D. Eisenhower condemned the invasion while prodding Prime Minister Anthony Eden to call off the military adventure. “Our prime enemy in the Middle East is not Communism but the United States,” Conservative MP Paul Williams pronounced in February 1957. Conservatives in the constituency of Beckenham protested against the adoption of a prospective parliamentary candidate on the grounds that he was American born.
America in the British Imagination: 1945 to the Present by John F. Lyons (auth.)