Understanding Anti-Americanism: Its Orgins and Impact at Home and Abroad

Understanding Anti-Americanism: Its Orgins and Impact at Home and Abroad

by Paul Hollander
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Dee, Ivan R. Publisher

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Understanding Anti-Americanism: Its Orgins and Impact at Home and Abroad

Although it has been a global phenomenon for decades before recent acts of massive violence, anti-Americanism has prompted few serious studies in English. This collection of original reports and observations seeks to explain its impact in areas throughout the world, taking advantage of the cultural and geographical expertise of the contributors. Understanding Anti-Americanism distinguishes between rational and specific critiques of American foreign policy and American society on the one hand, and that brand of hostile predisposition that blames the United States for a wide variety of grievances and frustrations that are at best tangentially related to its policies, institutions, or way of life. The book includes essays on the historical origins of anti-Americanism and its occurrences in the Arab world, Western Europe, post-Communist Russia, Latin America, and China. Like-minded sentiments within the United States are examined in the contexts of education, mass culture, the peace movements, and feminist rejections of American society, and in a comparison of trends between the 1960s and the twenty-first century. Recent international developments as well as U.S. leadership in modernization and globalization receive special attention as sources of hostility. Among the contributors are James Ceaser, Patrick Clawson, Walter Connor, Anthony Daniels, Dario Fernandez-Morera, Adam Garfinkle, Roger Kimball, Harvey Klehr, Michael Radu, Barry Rubin, Bruce Thornton, Arthur Waldron, and Cathy Young. In his substantial Introduction, Paul Hollander examines the major sources and expressions of anti-Americanism and suggests reasons why it is unlikely to disappear or diminish in the near future, notwithstanding its irrational features and the spectacle of millions of people voting with their feet to become members of this much maligned society.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781566635646
Publisher: Dee, Ivan R. Publisher
Publication date: 05/25/2004
Pages: 378
Product dimensions: 7.80(w) x 9.24(h) x 1.32(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: The New Virulence and Popularity3
Part I.Anti-Americanism Abroad
1The Philosophical Origins of Anti-Americanism in Europe45
2Sense of Superiority and Inferiority in French Anti-Americanism65
3Recent Trends in British Anti-Americanism84
4Affinity and Resentment: A Historical Sketch of German Attitudes105
5Anti-Americanism in the Middle East124
6A Matter of Identity: The Anti-Americanism of Latin American Intellectuals144
7Nicaraguan Anti-Americanism165
8Cuban Anti-Americanism: Historical, Popular, and Official190
9Anti-Americanism in Post-Communist Russia214
Part II.Domestic Denunciations
10Anti-Americanism Then and Now239
11The Rejection of American Society by the Communist Left258
12The Feminist Hostility Toward American Society279
13Peace Movements and the Adversary Culture301
14Moral Equivalence in Education: The Use of the Holocaust in Discrediting American Society322
15Anti-Americanism and Popular Culture347
A Note on the Contributors369

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