Americans and Europeans Dancing in the Dark: On Our Differences and Affinities, Our Interests, and Our Habits of Life

Overview

Dennis Bark offers an in-depth examination of the deteriorating relationship between America and Europe: our differences and similarities, the reasons behind our conflicts, and the future of our alliance. He shows that, by learning what our essential difference teaches us about ourselves and drawing on our shared affinities, we might repair our fading relationship.
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Overview

Dennis Bark offers an in-depth examination of the deteriorating relationship between America and Europe: our differences and similarities, the reasons behind our conflicts, and the future of our alliance. He shows that, by learning what our essential difference teaches us about ourselves and drawing on our shared affinities, we might repair our fading relationship.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780817948023
  • Publisher: Hoover Institution Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2007
  • Series: Hoover inst press Publication
  • Pages: 274
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Dennis L. Bark, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, is a historian and political scientist in the field of European studies. He writes and lectures on European affairs and the transatlantic relationship, with special emphasis on France and Germany.
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Table of Contents


Foreword     ix
Acknowledgments     xv
About the Author     xix
Introduction     1
Continental Contrasts
Preface     9
Differences     11
The Essential Difference     11
From the Top Down     12
Aristocrats, Old and New     14
From the Bottom Up     27
The Essential Difference, Again     32
On History, Heritage, and Habits of Life     45
Geography, Distance, and Space     45
Art and Music, Language, Manners, and Habits of Life     58
Views from the Backyard     79
Qualities of Life
Preface     91
Equality, Opportunity, Stability     93
The European Socio-Economic Model, The American Model     93
Socialism in Europe and America     98
The post-1945 Political and Economic Order     109
Uncommon Marketplaces     123
The Concept of the Union     123
When Realities Are Trump     136
Great Expectations     149
Competition     153
Freedom and Order
Preface     165
Legacies, Ancient and Modern     167
The Idea and the Tree     167
History Lessons     181
The Fly in the Soup     193
Changing Relationships     193
Interpreting September 11, 2001     202
The Force of Things     211
Aspects of Leadership     211
New Crossroads     219
Obligations Written in the Heart     223
A Comparative Chart of European Countries     227
"An American is..."     231
"The International"     233
Notes     235
A Selected Bibliography for Further Reading     253
Index     261
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