Britain and the Americas: Culture, Politics, and History : a Multidisciplinary Encyclopedia

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Will Kaufman, Heidi Slettedahl Macpherson
ABC-CLIO, 2005 - 1156 pages
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A comprehensive encyclopedia covering the close ties between Britain and the whole of the Americas, examining Britain's cultural and political legacy to the nations of the New World.
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.

  • More than 400 cross-referenced entries covering events and themes as diverse as the founding of the United States, British policy during the Civil War, the Suez crisis, and the impact of 20th-century popular music
  • Extensive bibliography listing sources ranging from archival letters to the most recent scholarship from the Americas and Britain

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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 ... Read full review

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This was not the kind of facts I was looking for. First the author does not explain each one well. And second its just down right stupid. My advice don't read it!!!

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Page 137 - They are autonomous Communities within the British Empire, equal in status, in no way subordinate one to another in any aspect of their domestic or external affairs, though united by a common allegiance to the Crown, and freely associated as members of the British Commonwealth of Nations.
Page 348 - If we take in our hand any volume; of divinity or school metaphysics, for instance; let us ask, Does it contain any abstract reasoning concerning quantity or number? No. Does it contain any experimental reasoning concerning matter of fact and existence? No. Commit it then to the flames: for it can contain nothing but sophistry and illusion.
Page 135 - His Majesty's government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country.
Page 309 - Britain; and that the King's Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords spiritual and temporal and Commons of Great Britain in Parliament assembled, had, hath and of right ought to have, full power and authority to make laws and statutes of sufficient force and validity to bind the colonies and people of America, subjects of the Crown of Great Britain in all cases whatsoever.
Page 482 - From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the Continent. Behind that line lie all the capitals of the ancient states of Central and Eastern Europe.
Page 229 - ... occupy, or fortify or colonize, or assume, or exercise any dominion over Nicaragua, Costa Rica, the Mosquito coast, or any part of Central America...
Page 401 - Fourth, they will endeavor, with due respect for their existing obligations, to further the enjoyment by all States, great or small, victor or vanquished, of access, on equal terms, to the trade and to the raw materials of the world which are needed for their economic prosperity...
Page 169 - International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD, or World Bank).
Page 401 - The removal, so far as possible, of all economic barriers and the establishment of an equality of trade conditions among all the nations consenting to the peace and associating themselves for its maintenance.
Page 79 - The process by which the principles of the fast-food restaurant are coming to dominate more and more sectors of American society as well as the rest of the world.

About the author (2005)

Will Kaufman, PhD, is reader in English and American studies at the University of Central Lancashire, Preston, England, and a founding director of the Maastricht Center for Transatlantic Studies in the Netherlands.

Heidi Slettedahl Macpherson, PhD, is reader in North American literature at the University of Central Lancashire, Preston, England, and a codirector of the Maastricht Center for Transatlantic Studies.

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