European Perceptions of Islam and America from Saladin to George W. Bush: Europe's Fragile Ego Uncovered

European Perceptions of Islam and America from Saladin to George W. Bush: Europe's Fragile Ego Uncovered

by P. O'Brien

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European Perceptions of Islam and America from Saladin to George W. Bush: Europe's Fragile Ego Uncovered by P. O'Brien

The study unearths in European writings about chief rivals-Islamic civilization between the first Crusade in 1095 and the final Ottoman siege of Vienna in 1683, and the United States of America from independence in 1776 until the present-persistent solicitude regarding Europe's capacity to lead the world. Intriguingly, however, this very self-doubt prompted the kind of intense introspection which helped, in the past, to forge seismic progressive reform movements such as the Renaissance, Reformation, and Scientific Revolution that ultimately propelled Europe past a more inward-looking Islam and which, today, may very well be positioning a rapidly transforming European Union to counter the hegemony of a seemingly smug America. The study concludes, contra the findings of Eurocentrists and anti-Eurocentrists alike who tend to depict a mostly arrogant Europe vis-a-vis its Others, that frail, if not low self-esteem has played a significant role in the formation of European identity.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781349377534
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date: 02/13/2009
Edition description: 1st ed. 2009
Pages: 230
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Peter O’Brien is professor of political science at Trinity University. He is author of Beyond the Swastika, a study of the impact of the legacy of the Holocaust on postwar German immigration policy, as well as of many articles on European views of non-Europeans. He was a Fulbright Professor at Bogaziçi University in Istanbul during 1995-1996 and at the Humboldt University in Berlin during 2005-2006.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Part I Eurocentrism

1 Introduction 3

2 The Quest for Subjective Eurocentrism 19

Part II Rival to the East

3 The Discovery of Islamic Superiority (1095-1453) 47

4 Lingering Asian Superiority (1453-1776) 71

Part III Rival to the West

5 The Real American Revolution (1776-1820) 93

6 America Ascendant (1820-1914) 111

7 World America (1918-Present) 139

Notes 161

Bibliography 205

Index 219

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