Book cover of Dreamworlds of Race: Empire and the Utopian Destiny of Anglo-America by Duncan Bellby Duncan Bell

How transatlantic thinkers in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries promoted the unification of Britain and the United States

Between the late nineteenth century and the First World War an ocean-spanning network of prominent individuals advocated the unification of Britain and the United States. They dreamt of the final consolidation of the Angloworld. Scholars, journalists, politicians, businessmen, and science fiction writers invested the “Anglo-Saxons” with extraordinary power. The most ambitious hailed them as a people destined to bring peace and justice to the earth. More modest visions still imagined them as likely to shape the twentieth century. Dreamworlds of Race explores this remarkable moment in the intellectual history of racial domination, political utopianism, and world order.

Interview with the Author

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Duncan Bell, “Dreamworlds of Race: Empire and the Utopian Destiny of Anglo-America” (Princeton UP, 2020)
2/11/21          59 min


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