This book interrogates the nature of anti-Americanism today and over the last century. It asks several questions: How do we define the phenomenon from different perspectives: political, social, and cultural? What are the historical sources and turning points of anti-Americanism in Europe and elsewhere? What are its links with anti-Semitic sentiment? Has anti-Americanism been beneficial or self-destructive to its "believers"? Finally, how has the United States responded and why? The authors, scholars from a multitude of countries, tackle the potential political consequences of anti-Americanism in Eastern and Central Europe, the region that has been perceived as strongly pro-American.
Ivan Krastev is chairman of the board of Bulgaria's Centre for Liberal Strategies, a think tank in Sofia, and research director of the Politics of Anti-Americanism project of the Central European University in Budapest. Alan McPherson is an associate professor of history at Howard University in Washington, D.C., where he specializes in U.S. foreign relations.
Acknowledgement; Introduction, Ivan Krastev; The Anti-American Century? Ivan Krastev; "Little America": On the non-European Features of Eastern European Societies, Janos Matyas Kovacs; Anti-Americanism in Latin America and the Caribbean: "False Populism" or Coming Full Circle?, Alan McPherson, Rethinking Young Anti-Americanism in South Korea, Youngshik Bong and Katharine H. S. Moon; How "Big Brother" Became the "Great Satan": Changing Perceptions of the United States among the Muslim Communities of Southeast Asia, Farish Ahmad Noor; A Plea for Distinctions: Disentangling Anti-Americanism from Anti-Semitism, Brian Klug; List of Contributors