Rethinking Anti-Americanism: The History of an Exceptional Concept in American Foreign Relations

Rethinking Anti-Americanism: The History of an Exceptional Concept in American Foreign Relations

By: Max Paul Friedman (author)Paperback

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'Anti-Americanism' is an unusual expression; although stereotypes and hostility exist toward every nation, we do not hear of 'anti-Italianism' or 'anti-Brazilianism'. Only Americans have elevated such sentiment to the level of a world view, an explanatory factor so significant as to merit a name - an 'ism' - usually reserved for comprehensive ideological systems or ingrained prejudice. This book challenges the scholarly consensus that blames criticism of the United States on foreigners' irrational resistance to democracy and modernity. Tracing 200 years of the concept of anti-Americanism, this book argues that it has constricted political discourse about social reform and US foreign policy, from the War of 1812 and the Mexican War to the Cold War, from Guatemala and Vietnam to Iraq. Research in nine countries in five languages, with attention to diplomacy, culture, migration and the circulation of ideas, shows that the myth of anti-Americanism has often damaged the national interest.

About Author

Max Paul Friedman is a historian of US foreign relations at American University in Washington, DC. After receiving his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, he held a Woodrow Wilson Postdoctoral Fellowship, an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Fellowship and taught at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Florida State University and the University of Cologne. His first book, Nazis and Good Neighbors: The United States Campaign against the Germans of Latin America in World War II (Cambridge University Press, 2003) won the Herbert Hoover Prize in US History and the A. B. Thomas Prize in Latin American Studies. The Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations awarded him the Bernath Article Prize and the Bernath Lecture Prize for his scholarship, which has appeared in Atlantic Studies, Diplomacy and Statecraft, Diplomatic History, German Life and Letters, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, the Journal of American Studies, the Journal of Social History, Modern Intellectual History, the Oral History Review, Procesos: revista ecuatoriana de historia, Revue francaise d'etudes americaines and The Americas: A Quarterly Review of Inter-American Cultural History, among other publications. He is co-editor, with Padraic Kenney, of Partisan Histories: The Past in Contemporary Global Politics (2005).

Contents

1. Introduction: the myth of anti-Americanism; 2. History of a concept; 3. Americanism and anti-Americanism; 4. The specter haunting Europe: anti-Americanism and the Cold War; 5. Bad neighborhood: anti-Americanism and Latin America; 6. Myth and consequences: de Gaulle, anti-Americanism, and Vietnam; 7. Anti-Americanism in the age of protest; 8. Epilogue: the anti-American century?

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780521683425
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 374
  • ID: 9780521683425
  • weight: 520
  • ISBN10: 0521683424

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