Laurence Connell has a PhD in political history from the IMT School for Advanced Studies in Lucca, Italy. His PhD examined how urban and demographic history influenced the republicanisation of white evangelicals in the late twentieth century. From September 2019, he will be a Teaching Associate in American and Canadian Studies at the University of Nottingham.

Book Review: ‘Who Rules the World?’, by Noam Chomsky

Many current American studies graduates were born around the time of the September 11 terrorist attacks and have grown up during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, two of the most controversial and polarising global events of the twenty-first century. The popularity of US foreign policy courses in American studies departments across the UK is therefore unsurprising. After all, students (and young people generally) tend to want to understand how the world around them works, and learning about the international behaviour of the most influential global player is in this respect a good place to start. Students’ motivations for enrolling often entail a desire to engage critically with US foreign policy in a deeper and more meaningful way than how it is often presented in the mainstream media and in political discourse. Continue reading

Book Review: American Apocalypse: A History of American Evangelicalism by Matthew Avery Sutton

The aim of Matthew Avery Sutton’s ambitious new monograph, American Apocalypse, is to trace the development of modern evangelicalism in the United States from its late nineteenth century origins to the present day. Central to this story is the question of how the powerful conservative wing of the movement eventually became, during the height of its influence at the end of the twentieth century, a mainstream, unified force which was able to effect the outcome of elections. Continue reading