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Anti-Americanism in Europe: A Cultural Problem by Russell A. Berman

By Russell A. Berman

Since September eleven, 2001, the attitudes of Europeans towards the us have grown more and more damaging. for plenty of in Europe, the terrorist assault on ny urban used to be visible as facts of the way American habit elicits hostility—and the way it will be as much as americans to repent and alter their methods. during this revealing examine the deep divide that has emerged, Russell A. Berman explores some of the dimensions of latest eu anti-Americanism. the writer exhibits how, because the technique of post–cold battle ecu unification has stepped forward, anti-Americanism has confirmed to be an invaluable ideology for the definition of a brand new eu id. He examines this rising identification and exhibits the way it has led Europeans to a place adverse to any "regime swap" through the United States—no topic how undesirable the regime may well be—whether in Serbia, Afghanistan, or Iraq.

Berman information the elements—some cultural, a few easily irrational—of this hectic circulation and tells why it truly is prone to stay a characteristic of family among the us and Europe for the foreseeable destiny. He explains how anti-Americanism operates like an obsessive prejudice and stereotype, impervious to rational arguments or authentic facts, and exhibits how the adverse reaction to U.S. regulations will be traced to a bigger, extra deeply rooted move opposed to globalization. Anti-Americanism in Western Europe isn't just a pleasant confrontation, it's a widening chasm. This e-book makes a huge contribution to realizing this crucial ideological challenge.

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Sixty-five percent of Europeans support the notion that the EU should become a superpower like the United States. In Italy the rate soars to 76 percent and in France to 91percent. The finding for Germany is a humble 48 percent, the only finding below 50 percent for any European country. As in the above examples, Germans display a cautious predisposition to avoid exposure in world affairs. Yet among those Europeans who do support superpower status for the EU, there is considerable variation in their vision for a future relationship with the United States.

The anti-American may of course point to an allegedly ubiquitous American presence in order to legitimate a hostile response: because American power is allegedly unlimited, America must be opposed everywhere. Yet this insinuated causality is ultimately not plausible. Anti-Americanism has a secret life of its own. It cannot be correlated to specific instances of American presence: hence the proposition that anti-Americanism is largely independent of American policy or presence (or Americanization).

28 Anti-Americanism in Europe views of a changing world, june 2003 While a “German interiority” hypothesis is not conclusively supported by the data, nothing disproves it either. Greater demographic differentiation of the data would be helpful, for example, in order to distinguish among the attitudes of various population sectors. Nonetheless certain conclusions are possible. The content analysis identified a preponderance of pro-American descriptors in the immediate aftermath of September 11; part of that support may represent a September 11 solidarity effect, but surely some indicates older pro-American sympathies in parts of the German public.

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