By Russell A. Berman
Since September eleven, 2001, the attitudes of Europeans towards the USA have grown more and more adverse. for lots of in Europe, the terrorist assault on big apple urban was once obvious as proof of the way American habit elicits hostility—and the way it will be as much as american citizens to repent and alter their methods. during this revealing examine the deep divide that has emerged, Russell A. Berman explores a number of the dimensions of latest ecu anti-Americanism. the writer indicates how, because the technique of post–cold warfare ecu unification has improved, anti-Americanism has confirmed to be an invaluable ideology for the definition of a brand new eu identification. He examines this rising identification and indicates the way it has led Europeans to a place adversarial to any "regime switch" through the United States—no subject how undesirable the regime may well be—whether in Serbia, Afghanistan, or Iraq.
Berman information the elements—some cultural, a few easily irrational—of this worrying stream and tells why it truly is more likely to stay a characteristic of family among the U.S. and Europe for the foreseeable destiny. He explains how anti-Americanism operates like an obsessive prejudice and stereotype, impervious to rational arguments or real evidence, and exhibits how the unfavorable reaction to U.S. regulations could be traced to a bigger, extra deeply rooted flow opposed to globalization. Anti-Americanism in Western Europe is not only a pleasant confrontation, it's a widening chasm. This e-book makes an immense contribution to realizing this significant ideological challenge.
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On the contrary, that case was being made from September 2001 on. The point is rather that support for the United States was never universal; other political positions were also present in the public debate, and this debate reflected deep fissures in German attitudes regarding world affairs. In other words, internal factors—German history, cultural values, and the structure of public debate—have evidently played crucial roles in formulating German attitudes toward the United States, including anti-American sentiments.
Rather the Worldviews 2002 survey, examined closely, yields evidence of an anti-American potential in German public opinion, which was foreshadowed in the content analysis of German print media after September 11. A crucial issue involves attitudes toward future defense spending. In both Germany and the United States 38 percent of those surveyed believe that defense spending should not change, but that is as far as the similarity goes on this point. Otherwise the data are diametrically opposed.
In order to extrapolate from representations in the various press organs to public opinion in general, one would have to factor in these various circulation profiles and their implications for readership influence. Germany has a variegated media environment, and it is not uncommon for readers, at least those in the educated strata, to draw on combinations of these publications. At the other end of the literacy spectrum, however, significant strata of the public only read the mass-distribution boulevard press, such as Die Bildzeitung.