The Anti-American Century

The Anti-American Century

Ivan Krastev
Alan McPherson
Copyright Date: 2007
Edition: NED - New edition, 1
Pages: 172
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    The Anti-American Century
    Book Description:

    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?

    eISBN: 978-615-5211-09-6
    Subjects: Political Science

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
  3. Acknowledgments
    (pp. vii-viii)
  4. Introduction
    (pp. 1-6)
    Ivan Krastev

    When in 1941 in a Life magazine editorial its publisher Henry Luce coined the phrase “The American Century” nobody knew how the world viewed America and its policies. The age of the opinion polls—this opium for the people—was not born yet. A son of a missionary and a visionary himself, Henry Luce urged the United States to forsake isolationism for a missionary’s role, acting as the world’s Good Samaritan and spreading democracy and freedom. And his call for creating the “first great American Century” was heard. For more than half a century many people thought the US as...

  5. The Anti-American Century?
    (pp. 7-26)
    Ivan Krastev

    The twentieth century was “the American century.” Championing democracy and capitalism, the United States won the Cold War and emerged as the only global superpower—not only in military, but also in economic, technological, and even cultural terms. The widening currency of the English language and the continued desire of millions around the world to emigrate to the United States underlined the reality of U.S. predominance. The future, it was said, looked like a country, and that country was the United States of America.

    The terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001, however, sharply punctuated the end of the American century....

    (pp. 27-48)
    Janos Matyas Kovacs

    Let us imagine the eternal Wessi and the eternal Ossi, typical figures in German popular discourse, talking in a pub about what the Wessi calls Eastern Enlargement. For him or her, EU membership not only covers all the civilizational benefits the “West” generously and light-mindedly offers to the “East” but also refers to the Westward expansion, a sort of “Western Enlargement” of the dangers originating in the former Soviet Empire. The Wessi is anxious about what will happen to his job, family and savings after “those over there” (the infamous Polish plumber and Hungarian truck driver) are allowed to enter...

  7. Anti-Americanism in Latin America and the Caribbean— “FALSE POPULISM” OR COMING FULL CIRCLE?
    (pp. 49-76)
    Alan McPherson

    After becoming Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice accused Latin American leaders such as Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez of practicing “false populism” against the United States.¹ Examination of the anti-U.S. sentiment—be it populist or otherwise—that has swept Latin America in the mid-2000s may be served by asking a series of questions about the past of anti-Americanism. It is increasingly clear that anti-Americanism is widespread, robust, and both a cultural and political phenomenon. These are the observations of journalists or commentators on present U.S. relations with the most anti-U.S. region in the world today, the Middle East. To be sure, many...

  8. Rethinking Young Anti-Americanism in South Korea
    (pp. 77-108)
    Youngshik Bong and Katharine H. S. Moon

    In December, 2002, a U.S. court martial of two servicemen who had been charged with driving an armored vehicle over two Korean school girls and causing their death found the defendants not guilty. This decision triggered the outbreak of a widespread and intense anti-American protest movement in the Republic of Korea (ROK or South Korea). More than two hundred thousand citizens participated in a series of daily candlelight vigils in front of the U.S. Embassy building near the City Hall of Seoul, mourning the death of the students and protesting the U.S. government’s failure to acknowledge its moral responsibility for...

    (pp. 109-126)
    Farish Ahmad Noor

    Anti-Americanism is not a new phenomenon in Southeast Asia,¹ but over the past few years, and certainly in the wake of the attacks on the United States of America on September 11, 2001, it has taken on an increasingly religious character. While the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) region has always been troubled by insurgent, autonomous and militant movements,² the rise of religiously-inspired militancy with the United States as its primary focus is a new phenomenon that troubles the ASEAN heads of state. Understanding this new phenomenon of religiously inspired anti-Americanism requires some understanding of the history of the...

    (pp. 127-160)
    Brian Klug

    Davos, Switzerland, January 2003: the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum. Indoors, about two thousand distinguished guests, including political leaders and chief executives of some of the world’s wealthiest corporations, are debating issues of global importance. Outdoors, a group of anti-globalization protestors who are engaging in street theater are captured on camera by the photographer Fabrice Coffrini. The picture features two masked figures, dressed in monkey costumes, representing U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld (center foreground) and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.¹ Pinned to “Rumsfeld’s” chest is a yellow six-pointed badge that strikingly resembles the yellow Star of David that...

  11. List of Contributors
    (pp. 161-162)
  12. Back Matter
    (pp. 163-163)