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Culture MattersAnglo-American Relations and the Intangibles of 'Specialness'$
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Robert M. Hendershot and Steve Marsh

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781526151421

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.7765/9781526151438

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Pageantry, Legitimation, and Special Anglo-American Relations

Pageantry, Legitimation, and Special Anglo-American Relations

(p.130) 6 Pageantry, Legitimation, and Special Anglo-American Relations
Culture Matters

Steve Marsh

Manchester University Press

Steve Marsh explores political culture by foregrounding the contribution that diplomatic pageantry has made to official representations of Anglo-American relations. Through analysis of bilateral summit meetings between presidents and prime ministers, the informal ambassadorship of the British royal family, and the forthcoming 400th anniversary of the Mayflower voyage in 2020, Marsh demonstrates that such events are designed and choreographed to assure elite, media, and popular attention. His work illuminates how the official deployment of a selective narrative of Anglo-American relations serves to (re-)legitimize the concept of the special relationship and enhance its ability to adapt to changed circumstances.

Keywords:   Anglo-American, special relationship, pageantry, summits, British royal family, Mayflower, cultural history, diplomatic history

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