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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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The Embassy and the Crowd

The Embassy and the Crowd

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(p.48) Chapter 2 The Embassy and the Crowd
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Special Relations
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804773997.003.0003

This chapter describes the design of a new American embassy for the west side of Grosvenor Square. Embassy-building itself was a vital American Cold War strategy to cast the image of a newly self-conscious world hegemon. Grosvenor Square became the well-photographed and televised site for the most dramatic anti-American protests ever seen in London. The embassy also attracted fire from the Labor left. The course of the American descent into violence, mass confrontation, and assassination at that time was followed closely by the British media. Moreover, the protesters in Grosvenor Square may have been facing U.S. power and capitalism, but at the same time they themselves indicated the extending global effect of American popular culture.

Keywords:   American embassy, Grosvenor Square, London, Labor left, U.S. power, capitalism, American popular culture

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