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 distinctive courting came upon a brand new hire of existence below Blair as Britain again and again "chose" the U.S. in its evolving overseas coverage orientation instead of Europe.There used to be, he argues, no inevitability approximately this reaction to the publish Sept. 11 foreign scenario and its long term purpose and clients nonetheless stay doubtful.
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Surveys undertaken in 1987 indicated that 38 per cent of Americans were prepared to avow support for the ‘welfare state’, compared to 63 per cent in Britain. Only 28 per cent in the US would support governmental action to reduce inequalities, compared to the British figure again of 63 per cent. While 71 per cent of Americans agreed that ‘people like me have a good chance of improving my standard of living’, the British figure was 36 per cent (Smith 1989, 61, 66). These surveys, of course, were undertaken in the eighth year of the Conservative Thatcher government, which might have been presumed to have turned Britain towards more individualistic, ‘American’ attitudes.
A veteran visitor to the US and the possessor of great knowledge of things American, Russell had by this time come to hold very extreme views, going so far as to urge Soviet involvement in Vietnam (Hollander, 1992, 374; Monk, 2001, 469). Several points need to be clarified concerning leftist British anti-Americanism. Firstly, much such sentiment reflects cultural attitudes as well as socialist values. In the early 1950s, for example, E. P. Thompson wrote of the ‘American Dream’ as ‘childish and debased’.
Britons voted 18 per cent for the US, nine per cent for the Soviet Union and 37 for the UK. Americans opted 13 per cent for Britain, 11 for the USSR and 65 per cent for America. When, also in 1994, Americans were asked whether they thought Britain spied on the US, 43 per cent replied in the affirmative (the figure for Japan was 79 per cent); 17 per cent felt that the Central Intelligence Agency should spy on Britain (The Gallup Poll 1983, 99; 1985, 21; 1996, 251; 1995, 93, 37). American mass attitudes towards Britain appear considerably more consistent than British attitudes towards the US.