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Unlikely Allies: America, Britain and the Victorian Beginnings of the Special Relationship (Hambledon Continuum) Hardcover – 1 Dec 2007

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Hambledon Continuum (1 Dec. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847251919
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847251916
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 689,052 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is an intriguing study that shows the 'special relationship' is still in a state of flux.
- Good Book Guide, 2008

The book explodes myths... [Campbell] argues fluently that 'whatever each had gained, they had, at least, not taken it from the other.' This entertaining and illuminating book shows the process developing, often with two steps forward and one step back, until they drew together, as that which they shared gradually outweighed that which divided them.
- Jon Latimer in History Today, 2008

Unlikely Allies presents a well-written overview of its subject that offers newcomers a thorough introduction.
- Victorian Studies

Unlikely Allies is an important corrective to the many less critically grounded studies of Anglo-American relations.
British Scholar Journal, September 2008.

Campbell (Univ. of Wales, Swansea) describes considerable hostility at the start, deriving from lingering bitterness over the War of 1812 and repeated US threats to annex Canada. Nevertheless, Campbell firmly debunks the idea that a substantial sector of the British ruling classes was eager to support the Confederacy in the US Civil War... Eventual rapprochement between the two nations came, Campbell suggests, through personal contacts, especially literary ones, and economic factors, including an Anglo-American copyright agreement. Well written, well researched, and inexpensive, this is an attractive choice as a "middle book" in survey courses on British history since 1688. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries.
-J. R. Breihan, CHOICE, February 2009

A lot of apple-carts are overthrown in this engaging book when it comes to Anglo-American influences and relations. It [raises] interesting questions. --- Contemporary Review

'This is a splendidly informative book.' --The Historian

About the Author

Duncan Campbell has commented on current US affairs on the BBC and acted as advisor to programmes about the American Civil War. He currently resides in Washington DC.

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