Issue 101 Autumn 2009

Editorial The cover picture on this issue of American Studies in Britain looks back forty years to July 1969 and the first manned lunar landing. It shows US astronaut Buzz Aldrin posing beside the stars and stripes in the shadow of the lunar module ‘Eagle’ – immortalised in the phrase ‘The Eagle has landed’. The…

Issue 100 Spring 2009

Editorial ‘It’s been a long time coming, but tonight, because of what we did on this day, in this election, at this defining moment, change has come to America.’ President-Elect Barack Obama, 4 November 2008 By the time this edition of American Studies in Britain is published, Barack Obama’s victory speech will have been supplanted…

Issue 99 Autumn 2008

Editorial Anniversaries have been very much a theme of 2008, particularly in France, which remembered the 1968 student riots and general strike, and the USA, where 1968 was a tumultuous year of assassinations and civil unrest. At this year’s EAAS conference in Oslo I got talking about May 1968 to a senior French Americanist who…

Issue 97 Autumn 2007

Editorial THE EDITOR’S RESIGNATION SPEECH August 8, 1974 Good evening. This is the fifth time I have spoken to you from this Editorial office, where so many decisions have been made that shaped the history of this publication. Each time I have done so to discuss with you some matter that I believed affected the…

Issue 96 Spring 2007

You can also download this issue of ASIB in PDF format Editorial January’s state funeral of President Gerald R. Ford was one of those spectacular public occasions that Americans do so well. It was also a reminder of one of the most obvious differences between our two political systems. When former British prime ministers, Edward…

Issue 95 Autumn 2006

You can also download this issue of ASIB in PDF format Editorial As a teacher of American Studies, and indeed as Editor of ASIB, I am frequently assumed to be someone who will defend the United States through thick and thin. The events of this summer have supplied my friends and others with ample scope…

Issue 94 Spring 2006

Editorial By the time this editorial goes out much of the furore surrounding Gordon Brown’s speech to the Fabian Society on the subject of national identity will have died down. In the past few weeks, Britons have been asked over and over again to consider the nature of their individual and collective national identity. Media…

Issue 93 Autumn 2005

Editorial As incoming editor it is a particular pleasure to welcome you to the latest edition of American Studies in Britain in this, the fiftieth year of the British Association for American Studies. The celebrations kicked off at this year’s annual conference at Robinson College, University of Cambridge, and will draw to a close at…

Issue 92 Spring 2005

Editorial One change that many BAAS members will have noticed in the last six months is that, while it’s true their subscription fee has risen, they do now receive a shiny hard-copy of the Journal of American Studies. The decision to include the journal in the subscription fee was discussed at last year’s AGM (the…

Issue 91 Autumn 2004

Editorial American Studies made it to the pages of The Guardian this week. Polly Toynbee’s “A degree in bullying and self-interest? No thanks” (August 25) was written in response to declining American Studies applications to universities this year and the prevalence of American Studies places available in clearing. There seems little doubt that American Studies…