Britain and the Americas: Culture, Politics, and History

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From Vikings to redcoats, from the Beatles to the war in Iraq, Britain and the Americas examines Britain's cultural and political legacy to the nations of the Americas. This comprehensive survey also traces how the Americas have in turn influenced contemporary Britain from the Americanization of language and politics to the impact of music and migration from the West Indies. Complete with an extensive introduction and a chronology of key events, this three-volume encyclopedia contains introductory essays focusing on the four prime areas of British Atlantic engagement—Canada, the Caribbean, the United States, and Latin America.

Students of a wide range of disciplines, as well as the lay reader, will appreciate this exhaustive survey, which traces the common themes of British policy and influence throughout the Americas and highlights how Britain has in turn benefited from the influence of American democracy, technology, culture and politics.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Well written and engaging enough to be used for research or to be read on its own for enjoyment's sake, this inclusive work is recommended for public and undergraduate libraries."



"The coverage of the topic is basic but multifaceted; the work will prove useful in public libraries as well as high school and undergraduate collections."


Library Journal

"This title would be a useful addition to larger public libraries and undergraduate collections."


American Reference Books Annual

"Editors Will Kaufman and Heidi Slettedahl Macpherson, along with an army of contributors, undertook this Herculean assignment and the result is a most credible, valuable, wide-ranging reference work that may well become the standard for such projects. . . . Besides being a valuable reference work, the encyclopedia often is simply fun to open and read from at random. . . . Britain and the Americas: Culture, Politics, and History: A Multidisciplinary Encyclopedia is highly recommended for all libraries as a considerable multifaceted resource which, with its introductory essays, chronology, and index, is both useful and easy to use."


Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies

Library Journal
Part of ABC-CLIO's new "Transatlantic Relations" series, this work offers introductory coverage of the historical relationship between Great Britain and the Americas. Editors Kaufman and Macpherson (founding director and codirector, respectively, Maastricht Ctr. for Transatlantic Studies, the Netherlands) have put together a team of scholars who contributed some 400 A-to-Z entries that cover a wide range of cultural, political, geographic, and historical topics (e.g., slavery) and conclude with See also references as well as recommended books and articles (but no web sites). The entries generally vary in length from one to three pages. Volume 1 incorporates several introductory overviews and a chronology of Britain and the Americas that extends from 1009 to 2004. Some entries are accompanied by black-and-white illustrations, largely portraits of particular historic figures. The articles make for easy reading and cover not only Great Britain's relations with North America and the Caribbean but also its less-noted relations with Latin America. The British relationship to the United States, however, bears the weight of the coverage. For example, the article on Catholicism discusses the evolution of this faith only in the United States, omitting Canada and other relevant countries of the Americas. Likewise, entries for Afghanistan and Iraq are weighted toward recent U.S.-British interventions. Bottom Line The coverage of the topic is basic but multifaceted; the work will prove useful in public libraries as well as high school and undergraduate collections. [Also available in e-book format: ISBN 1-85109-436-9. $297; both formats may be purchased for $417.-Ed.].-Br. Benet Exton, O.S.B. St. Gregory's Univ., Shawnee, OK Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781851094318
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/2005
  • Series: Transatlantic Relations Series
  • Pages: 1157
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 10.36 (h) x 3.21 (d)

Meet the Author

Will Kaufman
Will Kaufman

Will Kaufman is a professor of American literature and culture at the University of Central Lancashire, England. He is the author of three previous books, most recently American Culture in the 1970s. Also a professional folksinger and multi-instrumentalist, he has performed hundreds of musical presentations on Woody Guthrie at universities, music festivals, and folk clubs throughout Europe and the United States.

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