© 2002

Britain and America since Independence

  • Authors


  • Goes beyond traditional diplomatic relations and considers the cultural, intellectual, economic and social relationships between the two countries
    Clear and accessible: suitable for both students and general readers

Part of the British Studies Series book series (BRSS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Howard Temperley
    Pages 1-5
  3. Howard Temperley
    Pages 6-16
  4. Howard Temperley
    Pages 17-32
  5. Howard Temperley
    Pages 59-88
  6. Howard Temperley
    Pages 89-112
  7. Howard Temperley
    Pages 113-136
  8. Howard Temperley
    Pages 137-160
  9. Howard Temperley
    Pages 161-188
  10. Howard Temperley
    Pages 189-224
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 225-249

About this book


When the War of Independence ended in 1783, many doubted the ability of Americans to build a nation. Today the United States occupies a position comparable to that of Britain at the zenith of its power.

Britain and America since Independence deals with Anglo-American relations in the widest sense. It shows how the transfer of hegemony from the British Empire to the United States affected the way Britons and Americans viewed one another, and its effect on the evolving social, economic and political connections between the two countries.

Inspite of political separation, geographical distance, and intermittent periods of hostility, the British have never regarded Americans as 'foreigners'. Americans, in turn, have looked to Britain as the source of their language and culture. Nevertheless, as Howard Temperley shows in this far-ranging study of the two societies, these affinities have often given rise to misunderstanding and confusion - as in the current conflict between Britain's allegiance to the 'special relationship', and America's belief that the future of Britain lies in Europe.


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About the authors

HOWARD TEMPERLEY is Emeritus Professor of American Studies at the University of East Anglia. He also teaches a course on Britain and America at the University of London's Institute of United States Studies.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Britain and America since Independence
  • Authors Howard R Temperley
  • Series Title British Studies Series
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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2002
  • Publisher Name Palgrave, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-333-67235-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-0-333-67236-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-349-87971-7
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VI, 249
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Previously published under the imprint Palgrave
  • Topics History of the Americas
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