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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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US/Us: The Left's Special Relationship

US/Us: The Left's Special Relationship

(p.64) Chapter 3 US/Us: The Left's Special Relationship
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This chapter presents a discussion on the special relationship between the British Left and the United States. The New Left and the Atlanticist right listened closely to voices from the American academy and progressive American journalism. Many of the New Left were concerned not merely to be a protest lobby within the political Establishment but, incredibly, a forefront of the common people. Alternative theater in the service of the anti-war student movement boomed in the major metropolitan areas of the United States. Communication and exchange of radical rhetoric and radical form were greatly alleviated by a transatlantic popular culture, and by direct personal relations with visiting American faculty, postgraduate students, and undergraduates. The Anglo-American connections of the student revolt may have masked important differences of class, precedent, emphasis, degree, and perhaps persistence.

Keywords:   British Left, United States, New Left, transatlantic popular culture, student revolt, Anglo-American connections, theater, radical rhetoric

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