The Anti-Americanism Phenomenon Analytical Essay

The Anti-Americanism Phenomenon
Looks at the "anti-Americanism" phenomenon and related issues by using the example of France.
# 151827 | 3,325 words | 18 sources | APA | 2011 | FR
Published on Oct 11, 2012 in History (European) , International Relations (U.S.) , European Studies (General)

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This paper explains that anti-Americanism is an old concept, still observable in Europe, to explain a particular resentment towards the United States, especially in France, where anti-Americanism is the strongest in Europe. Next, the author reviews issues related to anti-Americanism, such as the Iraq war, the USA position on the environment and the rejection of American culture. However, the paper concludes, in the current international context and according to the ties between Europe and the United States, "pure" anti-Americanism cannot be identified in the minds of the majority of Europeans.

Table of Contents:
What is Anti-Americanism?
The Example of France
Some Different Sides of the Current Anti-Americanism
The Iraq War and the Escalation of the Criticism
The Contentious Position of the United States toward the Environment
Alternative Colas as a Rejection of the American Culture
Can the Election of Barack Obama Change the Opinion of European Countries about America?
Does a Similar Phenomenon Exist toward Europe?

From the Paper:

"In reality, France shows a kind of tradition of anti-Americanism. French sympathy toward America represents 41% of the population against 9% of people who feel an antipathy toward America.Besides, France took the lead of the anti-globalization movement in the 90's and the lead of the anti-war in Iraq movement in 2003. French anti-Americanists consider globalization generated by the US as a phenomenon which benefits developed countries over the interests of the poorest countries. France is also proud to performs better on issues like social protection or education, and try to overcome the American superpower which is inefficient in these domains.
"This anti-Americanist tradition in France can be explained by several important and decisive historical events from the XVIIIth century. First, at the Enlightenment time, French intellectuals (such as Buffon or Voltaire) used science to prove the inferiority of the New World, as "the smallness of the American flora and fauna". Second, the Revolutionary War of Independence was accompanied by the birth of many French cultural prejudices, mistrust and national contempt toward America. The criticisms which appeared in this context were essentially the untrustworthiness, the provincialism, the individualism, and also the selfishness of America. Then, the French Revolution put forward the passiveness of the United-States toward this event, its neutrality in the conflict between France and England (after the Revolution)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Andrei S. Markovits, Anti-Americanism in Europe: From Elite Disdain to Political Force//Department of Political Science, The University of Michigan, 2005.
  • Andrei S. Markovits, Uncouth Nation: Why Europe Dislikes America
  • Bruce Bawer, Hating America
  • For anyone who doubts whether the people of a wide variety of nations really dislike America, these recent surveys are worth consulting. BBC, What the World Thinks ofAmerica, 2003.
  • Konstantin Semin, Empire of good

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