Blood, Class and Empire

Blood, Class and Empire
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Publisher : Hachette UK
Total Pages : 432
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ISBN-10 : 9780786740796
ISBN-13 : 0786740795
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Book Synopsis Blood, Class and Empire by : Christopher Hitchens

Download or read book Blood, Class and Empire written by Christopher Hitchens and published by Hachette UK. This book was released on 2009-04-24 with total page 432 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Since the end of the Cold War so-called experts have been predicting the eclipse of America's "special relationship" with Britain. But as events have shown, especially in the wake of 9/11, the political and cultural ties between America and Britain have grown stronger. Blood, Class and Empire examines the dynamics of this relationship, its many cultural manifestations -- the James Bond series, PBS "brit Kitsch," Rudyard Kipling -- and explains why it still persists. Contrarian, essayist and polemicist Christopher Hitchens notes that while the relationship is usually presented as a matter of tradition, manners, and common culture, sanctified by wartime alliance, the special ingredient is empire; transmitted from an ancien regime that has tried to preserve and renew itself thereby. England has attempted to play Greece to the American Rome, but ironically having encouraged the United States to become an equal partner in the business of empire, Britain found itself supplanted.


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