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By Eric M. Fattor (auth.)

Movies, tv, and American tradition permeates even the main distant reaches of the globe in unheard of degrees. What have an effect on does the unfold of the yankee zeitgeist have on international perceptions of the USA? This ebook analyzes the advanced position leisure performs in overseas coverage - weighing its merits and setbacks to nationwide pursuits abroad.

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Thus, the idea for the Great Exhibition took shape. Here, the trend toward symbolic and image-based propaganda broke new ground with a dazzling array of manufactured products, exotic items from overseas, and cuttingedge technologies designed to capture the imagination of individuals not only from different classes, but also from different continents. However, the exhibition was also to be the site of the British Empire’s future challenges and contradictions, as the attempt to dramatize the prosperity and power of Great Britain could not fully expunge the more self-aggrandizing elements of British nationalism.

Britain responded with a brutal and bloody counterrevolutionary effort that saw atrocities committed on both sides. 54 In the succeeding years after the rebellion, the British government abolished the East India Company and turned over the administrative responsibilities of India to the Colonial Office of the British government. This action had a slight ring of irony given that Britain was at the height of its infatuation with liberal free trade economics and informal approaches to imperial governance.

As explained by Prince Albert as the event was in the planning stages, It was a question whether this Exhibition should be exclusively limited to British Industry. It was considered that, whilst it appears an error to fix a limitation to the Production of Machinery, Science and Taste which are of no country but belong as a whole to the civilized world, particular advantage to British Industry might be derived from placing it in fair competition with that of other Nations. 36 Such statements reflected the Cobdenite philosophy that free ingenuity, investment, and trade with other nations would create a mass prosperity and abundance for the whole of the British state as well as the other peoples of the world.

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