Blood, Class and Empire: The Enduring Anglo-American Relationship

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Since the end of the Cold War so-called experts have been predicting the eclipse of America's "special relationship" with Britain. But as events have shown, especially in the wake of 9/11, the political and cultural ties between America and Britain have grown stronger. Blood, Class and Empire examines the dynamics of this relationship, its many cultural manifestations—the James Bond series, PBS "brit Kitsch," Rudyard Kipling—and explains why it still persists. Contrarian, essayist and polemicist Christopher ...
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Overview


Since the end of the Cold War so-called experts have been predicting the eclipse of America's "special relationship" with Britain. But as events have shown, especially in the wake of 9/11, the political and cultural ties between America and Britain have grown stronger. Blood, Class and Empire examines the dynamics of this relationship, its many cultural manifestations—the James Bond series, PBS "brit Kitsch," Rudyard Kipling—and explains why it still persists. Contrarian, essayist and polemicist Christopher Hitchens notes that while the relationship is usually presented as a matter of tradition, manners, and common culture, sanctified by wartime alliance, the special ingredient is empire; transmitted from an ancien regime that has tried to preserve and renew itself thereby. England has attempted to play Greece to the American Rome, but ironically having encouraged the United States to become an equal partner in the business of empire, Britain found itself supplanted.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560255925
  • Publisher: Nation Books
  • Publication date: 5/10/2004
  • Series: Nation Books
  • Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 527,726
  • Product dimensions: 5.35 (w) x 8.15 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Christopher Hitchens

Christopher Hitchens is a contributing editor to Vanity Fair. His numerous books include Letters to a Young Contrarian and Why Orwell Matters.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface (2003)
Introduction 3
1 Greece to their Rome 22
2 Brit Kitsch 38
3 The bard of empires 63
4 Blood relations 98
5 Vox Americana 127
6 From love to hate and back again 152
7 The Churchill cult 180
8 FDR's victory; Churchill's defeat 200
9 Churchill's revenge 239
10 Imperial receivership 252
11 Discordant intimacy 292
12 The bond of intelligence 319
13 Nuclear jealousies 340
Conclusion 359
Bibliographic note 373
Index 381
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