Britain and the Americas

Culture, Politics, and History

by Will Kaufman and Heidi Slettedahl Macpherson, Editors


From the transportation of Scottish slaves taken by the Vikings to Newfoundland, to the emergence in the 19th century of a Welsh-speaking community in Patagonia, Britain's transatlantic influence has spanned the length and breadth of the Americas. The story of Britain's interplay with the Americas includes accounts of both Britain's role in the African slave trade and the impact of its human rights policy in Latin America.

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March 2005


Pages 1157
Volumes 3
Size 7x10
Topics Geography and World Cultures/Countries and Regions
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A comprehensive encyclopedia covering the close ties between Britain and the whole of the Americas, examining Britain's cultural and political legacy to the nations of the New World.

From Vikings to redcoats, from the Beatles to the war in Iraq, Britain and the Americas examines Britain's cultural and political legacy to the nations of the Americas. This comprehensive survey also traces how the Americas have in turn influenced contemporary Britain from the Americanization of language and politics to the impact of music and migration from the West Indies. Complete with an extensive introduction and a chronology of key events, this three-volume encyclopedia contains introductory essays focusing on the four prime areas of British Atlantic engagement—Canada, the Caribbean, the United States, and Latin America.

Students of a wide range of disciplines, as well as the lay reader, will appreciate this exhaustive survey, which traces the common themes of British policy and influence throughout the Americas and highlights how Britain has in turn benefited from the influence of American democracy, technology, culture and politics.


  • More than 400 cross-referenced entries covering events and themes as diverse as the founding of the United States, British policy during the Civil War, the Suez crisis, and the impact of 20th-century popular music
  • Extensive bibliography listing sources ranging from archival letters to the most recent scholarship from the Americas and Britain


  • Explores Britain's influence throughout the Americas in many areas of human endeavor
  • Examines the profound influence of the nations of the Americas on contemporary Britain
  • Includes contributions from internationally recognized scholars who are experts in their fields
Author Info

Will Kaufman, PhD, is reader in English and American studies at the University of Central Lancashire, Preston, England, and a founding director of the Maastricht Center for Transatlantic Studies in the Netherlands. His published works include The Comedian as Confidence Man and two coedited collections, Transatlantic Studies and New Perspectives in Transatlantic Studies. He is a former Marshall Scholar and the series editor for ABC-CLIO's Transatlantic Relations series.

Heidi Slettedahl Macpherson, PhD, is reader in North American literature at the University of Central Lancashire, Preston, England, and a codirector of the Maastricht Center for Transatlantic Studies. Her published works include Women's Movement: Escape as Transgression in North American Feminist Fiction and two coedited collections, Transatlantic Studies and New Perspectives in Transatlantic Studies.



"Well written and engaging enough to be used for research or to be read on its own for enjoyment's sake, this inclusive work is recommended for public and undergraduate libraries."Booklist

"The coverage of the topic is basic but multifaceted; the work will prove useful in public libraries as well as high school and undergraduate collections."Library Journal

"This title would be a useful addition to larger public libraries and undergraduate collections."American Reference Books Annual

"Editors Will Kaufman and Heidi Slettedahl Macpherson, along with an army of contributors, undertook this Herculean assignment and the result is a most credible, valuable, wide-ranging reference work that may well become the standard for such projects. . . . Besides being a valuable reference work, the encyclopedia often is simply fun to open and read from at random. . . . Britain and the Americas: Culture, Politics, and History: A Multidisciplinary Encyclopedia is highly recommended for all libraries as a considerable multifaceted resource which, with its introductory essays, chronology, and index, is both useful and easy to use."Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies

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