Readership: Students and academics of British and American modern history; journalists and international relations commentators; politicians, diplomats, and bureaucrats active in European-US relations; the general reader
David Ellwood, Senior Adjunct Professor, Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies, Bologna
David Ellwood's first major book was Italy 1943-1945: The Politics of Liberation (1985) then came Rebuilding Europe: Western Europe, America and Postwar Reconstruction (1992). The fundamental theme of his research - the function of American power in contemporary European history - has shifted over the years to emphasise cultural power, particularly that of the American cinema industry. He was President of the International Association of Media and History 1999-2004 and a Fellow of the Rothermere America Institute, Oxford, in 2006.
"Ellwood's The Shock of America is a huge, ambitious and hugely enjoyable book, stuffed full of enough erudition and anecdote to last any undergraduate or graduate class for a whole term ... This is a book that will spark debate among historians and International Relations experts for years to come." - Glen O'Hara, International Affairs
"It's a great book and should be a wonderful addition to any Modern Europe course syllabus ... and of course, to the bookshelf of any history buff." - Laura Hopkins, Goodreads
"David Ellwood ... took on the monumental task of writing a political history of the European response to America as the 'model of modernity'; the result is an excellent book. ... This is a
remarkably dense, enlightening and wide-ranging book." - Kathleen Burk, History Today
Part I: 1898-1939
1: How the American Century Started
2: The Roaring Twenties in Europe
3: Modernity and the European Encounter with Hollywood
4: The 1930s: Capitalism on Trial
5: New Deal America: The Flickering Beacon
Part II: 1941-1959
6: Our Destiny, Your Future
7: Responding to the World's Reformer
8: Progress Re-discovered? European Thinkers and America's Propositions in World War II
9: 'The Most Revolutionary Force': When American Armies Arrive...
10: Reflating Europe with the Marshall Plan
11: The 1950s: Going for Growth
Part III: 1989-2009
12: After the Cold War: The Age of 'Soft Power'
13: Epilogue: The End of the 'American Century'?
McDonalds revisited: when globalization goes native - David Ellwood, OUPblog Why do the French insist on their cultural exception? - David Ellwood, OUPblog Soft power and the politics of influence - David Ellwood, OUPblog