To what extent have Anglo-German relations had an impact on British life and culture?: have the implications of Anglo-German relations influenced the British perspective of Germany and has it changed in the past 15 years?

Betts, Yvonne (2016) To what extent have Anglo-German relations had an impact on British life and culture?: have the implications of Anglo-German relations influenced the British perspective of Germany and has it changed in the past 15 years? BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This dissertation establishes which aspects of British life and culture have been influenced by Anglo-German relations, how they have been affected and whether they have impacted the overall British perspective of Germany and the Germans. Furthermore, a study into whether British stereotypes about Germany and its culture have changed over the past 15 years will be conducted. A combination of secondary and primary research, which will include a questionnaire and a series of interviews, will be undertaken in order to answer the research questions.
    A discussion of the secondary findings concluded that both education and football, in relation to the British media, are the two main areas of British life and culture that have been affected by Britain and Germany’s historical and political past. The researcher is aware that there are more aspects of British life that have been affected by Anglo-German relations but due to the scope of this dissertation, the researcher could only highlight the two areas they believed to be the most important to the development of this study. Moreover, the implications of the primary research indicate that although many British students have extensively learnt about World War Two, it has not had a negative impact on their perspective of Germany. Conversely, being an English football fan does have a negative impact on your perspective of Germany, in particular, female fans, who allow their perspective to be influenced by the historical events that once occurred between the two nations. Thus, findings contribute to the debate that gender can have an impact on a Briton’s perspective of Germany. Lastly, there is evidence to suggest that British stereotypes about Germany have not changed in 15 years. There is reason to believe, therefore, that there is an interrelationship between the impact of education, football and media on a Briton’s perspective and the stereotypes that British people still associate with Germany, the Germans and its culture.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Languages and Area Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2016 12:55
    Last Modified: 18 Oct 2016 12:55
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/22353

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