Call for Papers: British Views of the United States, 1939-1984

Clive Webb's picture
November 15, 2018
United Kingdom
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Atlantic History / Studies, British History / Studies, Diplomacy and International Relations

The University of Sussex is hosting a symposium this autumn that will assess continuity and change in British attitudes towards the United States, from the start of the Second World War to the late Cold War. Rather than concentrate, as is conventionally the case, on political and diplomatic elites, our focus is on artists, writers and the general public. 

Our keynote speaker is Professor James Cronin of Boston College. Participants will have an opportunity to consult the abundant materials on Anglo-American relations in the Mass Observation Archive housed at The Keep, the historical resource centre located next to the university campus.

We welcome proposals to participate in the symposium. Possible topics include:

  • The 'Special Relationship' between Britain and the United States
  • The American military presence in Britain
  • The impact of American popular culture on Britain
  • British opinion on US politics, race relations, and other issues
  • Anti-Americanism

Please submit a 300-word proposal to the sympoisum organisers by 1st September.

Contact Info: 

Professors Clive Webb and Robert Cook

History Department

University of Sussex

Falmer, Brighton BN1 9QN

United Kingdom

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