The Eagle and the Crown
Americans and the British Monarchy
By (author) Frank Prochaska
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Eagle and the Crown by Frank Prochaska
Book DescriptionThis book tells the intriguing and paradoxical story of a nation that overthrew British rule only to become fascinated by the glamor of its royal family. Examining American attitudes toward British royalty from the Revolutionary period to the death of Princess Diana, The Eagle and the Crown penetrates the royal legacy in American politics, culture, and national self-image. Frank Prochaska argues that the United States is not only beguiled by the British monarchy but has itself considered the idea of a presidency assuming many of the characteristics of a monarchy. He shows that America's Founding Fathers created what Teddy Roosevelt later called an "elective king" in the office of the president, conferring quasi-regal status on the occupant of the Oval Office. Prochaska also contends that members of the British royal family who visit the United States have been key players in the emergence of America's obsession with celebrity. America's complex relationship with the British monarchy has for more than two hundred years been part of the nation's conversation about itself, a conversation that Prochaska explores with wit and panache.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780300141955
(229mm x 152mm x 24mm)
Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publish Date: 29-Aug-2008
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Frank Prochaska
Eminent Victorians on American Democracy, Paperback (October 2013)
Surveys a wide range of British opinion on the United States in the nineteenth century and highlights the views of John Stuart Mill, Walter Bagehot, Sir Henry Maine, and James Bryce, who wrote extensively on American government and society.
Memoirs of Walter Bagehot, Hardback (August 2013)
The spirited and measured memoir of Walter Bagehot, had he left one
Christianity and Social Service in Modern Britain, Paperback (April 2008)
An elegantly written study that charts the relationship between Christianity and social service in Britain since the eighteenth century and presents a challenging new interpretation of the links between Christian decline and democratic traditions.
Royal Bounty, Hardback (October 1995)» View all books by Frank Prochaska
This text offers the story of the royal family's voluntary work from the 18th century to the 1990s. It is a study of the creation of a "welfare monarchy" and its social significance and underlying political meaning in a democratic, collectivist age.
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Author Biography - Frank Prochaska
Frank Prochaska is lecturer and senior research scholar in the Department of History, Yale University, and author of Royal Bounty: The Making of a Welfare Monarchy, published by Yale University Press. He lives in New Haven, CT.
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