Is anti-Americanism one of the last respectable prejudices, or are accusations of anti-Americanism a way to silence reasonable criticism of the United States?
Is the recent rise in anti-Americanism principally a reaction to President George W. Bush and his administration, or does it reflect a general turn against America and Americans? Have we moved from the American century to the anti-American century, with the United States as the ‘whipping boy’ for a growing range of anxieties? Can the United States recapture the international good will generally extended towards it in the days following 11 September 2001? These key questions are tackled by this new book, which offers the first comprehensive overview of anti-Americanism in the twenty-first century.
Examining what is sensibly called anti-Americanism and its principal sources, this study details how the Bush administration has provoked a recent upsurge in anti-Americanism with its stances on a range of issues from the Kyoto Protocol to the war in Iraq. However, the spread of anti-Americanism reflects deeper cultural and political anxieties about Americanization and American global power that will persist beyond the Bush administration.
At the heart of much of the recent anti-Americanism is opposition in the Middle East, and elsewhere, to US support of Israel. This crucial issue is explored in depth as is the associated claim of a ‘clash of civilizations’ between Islam and the West and the rise of anti-American terrorism.
This book will be of great interest to all students and scholars of American Studies, International Relations and Politics.
List of Contributors Acknowledgements 1. Making sense of anti-Americanism Brendon O’Connor and Martin Griffiths Part 1. Understanding anti-Americanism 2. The anti-American Tradition: a history in four phases Brendon O’Connor 3. Are We All Americans Now? Explaining anti-Americanisms Robert Singh 4. Ambivalent anti-Americanism John Kane 5. Anti-Americanism in the Muslim World: a sceptic’s guide Iyanatul Islam 6. America, Israel and anti-Americanism in the Middle East John Chiddick Part 2. Sources of anti-Americanism 7. American Power Martin Griffiths 8. Anti-Americanism and the Clash of Civilizations Richard Crockatt 9. American Grand Strategy: the quest for permanent primacy Andrew O’Neil 10. The Bush elite: aberration or harbinger? John Higley 11. Anti-Americanism and the Major Foundations Inderjeet Parmar 12. Religion in America Alan Wolfe 13. Anti-Americans Abroad Tony Judt Index