American Empire and the Arsenal of Entertainment: Soft Power by Eric M. Fattor (auth.)

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By Eric M. Fattor (auth.)

Movies, tv, and American tradition permeates even the main distant reaches of the globe in extraordinary degrees. What have an effect on does the unfold of the yankee zeitgeist have on international perceptions of the united states? This e-book analyzes the complicated position leisure performs in overseas coverage - weighing its advantages and setbacks to nationwide pursuits abroad.

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Had a more potent international-communications infrastructure been in place, it is possible Britain may have granted some degree of autonomy to India in a similar way the United States in the present era seeks to grant some form of pseudosovereignty after it has pacified local resistance to the influx of external economic and cultural forces associated with globalization. Instead, the absence of such an infrastructure meant the establishment of India as a crown colony and the expansion of Britain’s bureaucratic and military presence in the country.

In all, 32 countries were represented in the international half of the Crystal Palace, bearing the samples of the natural resources and manufacturing prowess of their respective nations. ”45 Implied in all these exhortations was the fact that many of the impressive innovations in manufacture and design were of British origin, and required national economic mobilization to bring such visions to reality. Though the planners at the Society of Arts had hoped to avoid overtly nationalist sentiments, appeals to a more populist pride that celebrated 22 American Empire and the Arsenal of Entertainment Great Britain less in its industrial innovations and productive capacities and more on its alleged superiority to other nations were also on display at the Great Exhibition.

Legitimacy through Popular Entertainment 35 As the conflict between the Boers and the British became intractable and hostilities were imminent, the British public became primed to support the cause of their nation in southern Africa. 89 One leading figure in the British government, Lord Milner, sensed this when he claimed in a letter to a colleague, “The times are very exciting. ”90 Milner’s observation was shared by British writer George Sturt, who commented upon witnessing a nearby shop full of men eager for the latest war news: “For so long they had been waiting about, with nothing to do, expectant of the stimulus, and desiring something truly stirring.

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