Anti-Americanism [4 volumes]: History, Causes, Themes

Anti-Americanism [4 volumes]: History, Causes, Themes

by Brendon O'Connor
     
 

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Why do people hate America and Americans? The essays in Volume One explore various possible causes, such as American multi-national corporations, America's stance on the environment and the promotion of American values abroad. When did anti-American feeling start and how has it changed through history? Volume Two examines key periods from the founding fathers to

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Why do people hate America and Americans? The essays in Volume One explore various possible causes, such as American multi-national corporations, America's stance on the environment and the promotion of American values abroad. When did anti-American feeling start and how has it changed through history? Volume Two examines key periods from the founding fathers to the Cold War and the War Against Terror. What forms does anti-Americanism take in countries round the world? Volume Three surveys different sorts of anti-American feeling in a range of countries and regions from the Middle East to Latin America, from Western Europe to the Far East, and from Russia to North America itself. Why is anti-Americanism currently so strong? Essays in the fourth volume examine key themes and flashpoints: the 'Bush Doctrine', the Iraq War, the rise of Islamic Fundamentalism, US relations with the UN, and many others.

This multi-volume set aims to become the definitive contribution to the field of anti-American studies. Each volume concentrates on a particular theme; each 10,000-word article, written by an international expert, addresses a particular question. Taken together, they deal at length and in depth with a phenomenon which is frequently but unreflectingly mentioned in the media. Many essays explore the contradictions and paradoxes of anti-Americanism - for example the impact of American pop culture, which is consumed at a startling rate around the globe while also remaining a source of much anxiety and criticism. They also look beyond political and national traditions of anti-Americanism (in Socialism or the Environmental Movement, in France and the US itself) and to traditions in literature, foreign cartooning and the tabloid press. The final volume of essays focuses on the contemporary situation, suggesting reasons for the current wave of anti-American feeling, including the policies of George W. Bush, the relentless spread of American business and culture, the American push for democracy (often seen as forced and hypocritical), America's pursuit of a war against Iraq, America's record of supporting dictators and being involved in clandestine wars, and others.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"A comprehensive look at the phenomenon of anti-Americanism, this set offers contributions from more than 40 scholars in a variety of disciplines. Edited by O'Connor, a well-published political scientist, this work clearly shows that the current wave of anti-Americanism is not without precedent. O'Connor argues that anti-Americanism is often based on prejudice and ideological overtones. Therefore, one of the work's goals is to distinguish between legitimate critiques of US policy and anti-Americanism, thereby creating a more sophisticated discourse. Authors look at anti-Americanism from a variety of perspectives and show that the phenomenon is multifaceted and complex. Overall, the work dispels what O'Connor calls the fallacy that anti-Americanism is a creation of the Bush administration….Readers looking for a comprehensive, scholarly overview of anti-Americanism, covering a variety of issues, will likely be satisfied with this set. It is well written and well footnoted. Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty." - Choice

"Since 9/11, there has been a relative upsurge in published writing about anti-Americanism. The sources and causes, however, are more complicated than recent terrorist events can explain. These four volumes each consisting of about a dozen substantial scholarly political and cultural arguments and opposing viewpointspresent an objective and balanced exploration of anti-Americanism….The content is as appropriate for assigned class readings as it is for reference consultation. The set would make a valuable addition to any academic library that serves public policy, international relations, or history departments." - Library Journal

"Understanding how the United States is viewed around the world is a complex topic that most Americans cannot grasp, but this work connects them with the perception….O'Connor and the contributors provide the realization: anti-American sentiment is both a response to the values and beliefs associated with the United States as well as a reaction to perceived American misdeeds or offenses." - American Reference Books Annual

"This engaging collection is an invaluable resource for academics as well as the everyday American." - Kirkus Reviews

"The four volumes presented by O'Connor are intended to demonstrate the scope of the issues raised by the concept of anti-Americanism and to illustrate the nature and variety of the debates and perspectives brought to bear on the topic, especially in its historical dimensions. The volumes, each of which contains some 10 to 13 chapters, are thematically constructed." - Reference & Research Book News

Library Journal

Since 9/11, there has been a relative upsurge in published writing about anti-Americanism. The sources and causes, however, are more complicated than recent terrorist events can explain. These four volumes-each consisting of about a dozen substantial scholarly political and cultural arguments and opposing viewpoints-present an objective and balanced exploration of anti-Americanism. The essays are signed by their academic contributors, notably few of whom are from the United States; editor O'Connor (coeditor, The Rise of Anti-Americanism) hails from Griffith University in Australia. Volume 1 addresses causes and sources of anti-Americanism. Subjects include capital punishment, religion, and the Iraq war. A chapter titled "What Is Anti-Americanism?" defines its subject as one side of a dichotomy, as a tendency, as a pathology, as a prejudice, and as an ideology. These somewhat abstract concepts fairly represent the intellectual level of the remaining essays. Volume 2 covers historical perspectives (e.g., "schizophrenic nationalism"; the anti-Vietnam War movement), with one essay arguing that anti-Americanism emerged long before America donned its superpower mantle. An issue Volume 3 takes on is the division between seeing anti-Americanism as a prejudice and as a conflict born of legitimate grievances. The final volume brings in such topics as the Bush doctrine, global poverty, and Islamic fundamentalism. One essay therein reflects on the extent to which American foreign policy is responsible for the rise in anti-Americanism. Each volume includes its own index and thorough footnotes.
—Kathleen Collins

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781846450044
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/30/2007
Edition description:
4 Volume Set
Pages:
1407
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.50(h) x 5.10(d)

Meet the Author

Brendon O'Connor is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Politics and Public Policy at Griffith University in Australia. His recent books include: The Rise of Anti-Americanism (co-ed. With M. Griffiths, 2006). In 2003, he received a Fulbright grant to host an international symposium on anti-Americanism.

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