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Special RelationsThe Americanization of Britain?$
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Howard Malchow

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780804773997

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804773997.001.0001

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Postscript: To the Bicentennial/Jubilee

Postscript: To the Bicentennial/Jubilee

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(p.303) Postscript: To the Bicentennial/Jubilee
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Special Relations
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804773997.003.0014

The bicentennial re-enactments at Lexington and Concord are examined here. As in many Hollywood films of a previous era, the British role in the theater of Bicentennial was that of a well-spoken supporting actor. There was a flurry of Bicentennial events in London and on British television. If for many Americans the celebrations, in an election year, conveyed a sense of relief at putting the trauma and disgrace of the war and Watergate behind, the fulsome celebration of a “special relationship” of law, heritage, and contemporary “interdependence” served to flatter the British, mired in their own economic and social crisis, while veiling the unequal reality of transatlantic influence. The nostalgic Anglo-American Bicentennial celebrated this end of the special relations of an overtly American form of late modernity and its replacement by another.

Keywords:   Anglo-American Bicentennial, London, British television, special relations, modernity, Lexington, Concord

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