By John F. Lyons (auth.)
How used to be American tradition disseminated into Britain? Why did many British electorate include American customs? And what photograph did they type of American society and politics? This enticing and wide-ranging heritage explores those and different questions about the U.S.'s cultural and political impression on British society within the post-World warfare II period.
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In 1951, 160,000 people in England and Wales were born in Poland and INFLUENCE OF THE UNITED STATES ON BRITAIN, 1945–1963 31 33,000 in Italy. There were about 430,000 Jews in Britain, many ﬂeeing continental Europe. In 1951, 627,000 people in England and Wales were born in Ireland and over the next ten year another 400,000 emigrated from the Irish Republic. 117 British youths eschewed the quaint Lyons tea shops, which seemed so outdated, and spent much of their leisure time in the bustling, music-ﬁlled, Italian-owned coffee bars serviced by chrome-plated Gaggia espresso machines.
119 Greater afﬂuence allowed many to travel across the English Channel to Continental Europe and to return with European tastes. Anthony Sampson in his book Anatomy of Britain, published in 1962, noted the inﬂuence of foreign holidays on Britain. Britain has come out of dowdy isolation and responded to gay foreign inﬂuences— Italian shoes, French fashions. and people are bringing back new tastes like wine drinking; wine sales in Britain have doubled since 1939 . . Tastes in food are more adventurous, and foreign restaurants—Chinese, Italian, Indian, and even vegetarian—have proliferated over big towns, notably in the North.
We are a nation of ﬂower-lovers but also a nation of stamp collectors, pigeonfanciers, amateur carpenters, coupon-snippers, darts players, crossword-puzzle fans. ”112 Children read British books like Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows, A. A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh, Richmal Crompton’s Just William, J. M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and the books of Beatrix Potter, Enid Blyton and C. S. Lewis. Some boys read Marvel comics but most still bought British ones like Beano, Dandy, Eagle, Rover, Hotspur and Wizard while girls read Girl, Bunty and Judy.
America in the British Imagination: 1945 to the Present by John F. Lyons (auth.)