By John F. Lyons (auth.)
How used to be American tradition disseminated into Britain? Why did many British electorate embody American customs? And what photograph did they kind of American society and politics? This enticing and wide-ranging historical past explores those and different questions about the U.S.'s cultural and political impact on British society within the post-World conflict II period.
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With the widespread ownership of property and rising afﬂuence, Crosland believed that class preoccupations were diminishing in Britain and the Labour Party had to develop a classless appeal. Crosland and many others in the Labour Party thought that economist John Maynard Keynes’s demand management would provide full employment, a progressive income tax would help to ensure greater equality and generous public spending would ensure economic security and freedom from want. He, and other reformers like Labour leader Hugh Gaitskell, helped to move the Party away from socialist rhetoric and calls for increased nationalization toward an acceptance of capitalism.
The economic dominance of the United States in the postwar period, the growing afﬂuence of the British population and the technological innovations in mass communications brought many Britons into greater contact with American culture. The working classes attended dance halls, cinemas and eating establishments in greater numbers and bought more records, radios and televisions, all of which were important conduits of American ideas and products into Britain. The United States inﬂuenced the way Britons danced, the way they spoke, the food they ate and the clothes they wore.
I have struck a city—a real city—and they call it Chicago,” writer Rudyard Kipling stated at the end of the nineteenth century. “Having seen it, I urgently desire never to see it again. ”17 The attack on American culture continued in the interwar years, as conservative critics denounced the importation of Hollywood movies and jazz music. F. R. 18 Moral guardians decried the rhythmic nature of jazz music as primitive and its strong association with provocative dancing as a threat to proper codes of behavior in Britain.
America in the British Imagination: 1945 to the Present by John F. Lyons (auth.)