Britain is significant as a topic because it was the location of the industrial revolution; the British Empire was large and influential in world history; and English is now a major international language. The topic is especially studied in the USA as students there often have a heritage of British ancestry which encourages Anglophilia while the shared language of English makes British culture readily accessible.
In Germany, the topic is a specialism of Kulturkunde and Landeskunde and there is a Journal for the Study of British Cultures.
A course was started at the University of Texas in 1975 and, more recently, courses have started at other universities such as Columbia, Yale and the Faculty of World Studies at University of Tehran.
- Zoë Corbyn (2 May 2011), "British studies, the latest import from the US?", The Guardian
- Michael Payne; Jessica Rae Barbera (2010), A Dictionary of Cultural and Critical Theory, pp. 253–255, ISBN 978-1-4051-6890-8
- http://fws.ut.ac.ir/ltr/Groups.aspx?Ind=-1&Id=112&LanId=2 Archived 2015-05-21 at the Wayback Machine | University of Tehran, Faculty of British Studies
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