With Us or against Us: Studies in Global Anti-Americanism

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Overview

This collection of essays presents a nearly comprehensive understanding of Western and non-Western perceptions of the United States since the Second World War. The contributors describe and assess the complexity of anti-American sentiment in six distinct parts of the world: Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Russia, the Middle East, Central and Southeast Asia while respecting the ambiguities, contradictions, and frequent reversals of these sentiments. The book does not seek to attack or defend the United States but rather looks to bring sustained attention to the sources of anti-Americanism, its present variety, and its likely trajectory.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Few would deny that anti-Americanism is on the rise around the world, but just what it is and why does it matter? This perceptive volume pulls together essays by some of the world's top scholars to dissect a growing, dangerous, and often misunderstood phenomenon. Anyone who cares about the American image in the world today would benefit from reading it."
—Philip H. Gordon, author of Allies at War: America, Europe and the Crisis over Iraq

"With Us or Against Us is an illuminating perspective on the many different strands of contemporary anti-Americanism. Covering reactions from all the major regions of the world—Western and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Asia—we learn that anti-Americanism reflects the identities and interests of the anti-Americanists as much as the actions of Americans and their leaders. An important book on a critical subject."
—Bruce Cain, Robson Professor of Political Science, Director of the Institute of Governmental Studies, UC Berkeley

"Anti-Americanism is both visceral and complex, singular in its target yet diverse in its implications. This collection of essays by a distinguished group of international scholars brings both immediacy and deep reflection to this most important phenomenon."
—Alan Wolfe , Boston College

"This volume contains one of the first evaluations of global attitudes toward the US and how they have changed over the years. It contains many interesting and important insights into the nuanced and differential nature of Anti-Americanism worldwide. The chapters pursue an innovative distinction among three characteristics of anti-Americanism: fear of its power, resentment of its economic model and contempt for its brand of mass culture. The book offers a fresh perspective on this key contemporary issue and its global viewpoint is especially useful."
—Helen Milner, Princeton University

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Meet the Author

Tony Judt is professor of European Studies at NYU and director of the Remarque Institute.

Denis Lacorne is Director of Research at FNSP/CERI and teaches at l'Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris.

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Table of Contents

Introduction—Denis Lacorne and Tony Judt
• A New Master Narrative?: Reflections on Contemporary Anti-Americanism—Tony Judt
• Anti-Americanism and Americanophobia: A French Perspective—Denis Lacorne
• Anti-Americanism in French and European Public Opinion—Gérard Grunberg
• Is There a New Anti-Americanism?: Reflections on Germany in Times of Global Simultaneity—Detlev Claussen
• America's Best Friends in Europe: East-Central European Perceptions and Policies Toward the United States—Jacques Rupnik
• The Special Russian Way: The Origin and Evolution of Russian Perceptions about the United States—Nikolai Zlobin
• Saudi Perceptions of the United States Since 9-11— Gregory Gause
• The Palestine Perception of America After 9-11—Camille Mansour
• Anti-Americanism in Pakistan—Mohammed Waseem
• Three Sources of Anti-Americanism in Iran—Morad Saghafi
• Uncle Sam to the Rescue?: The Political Impact of American Involvement in ASEAN Security and Political Issues in the Wake of 9-11—Farish Noor

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