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Hoover Institution Press. Yet, as this book argues, the deep cultural roots of European anti-Americanism predate contemporary partisan concerns. Anti-Americanism in Western Europe is not just a friendly disagreement, but a widening chasm

Hoover Institution Press. Anti-Americanism in Europe: A Cultural Problem. by Russell A. Berman. Monday, March 1, 2004. In this revealing look at the deep divide that has emerged, Russell Berman explores the various dimensions of contemporary European anti-Americanism. Anti-Americanism in Western Europe is not just a friendly disagreement, but a widening chasm. This book makes a major contribution to understanding this important ideological challenge.

Several worthwhile books have been published as a result such as ANTI-AMERICANISM by Jean Francois Revel. While Revel's book is more polemical in nature, ANTI-AMERICANISM IN EUROPE by Russell Berman is more empirical and analytical. Unfortunately, despite some good points, it is also extraordinarily dull. Berman makes several points that can be found elsewhere but provides some unique analysis. Anti-Americanism has been on the upswing since the collapse of Soviet communism for a couple of reasons.

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Anti-Americanism in Europe. This book argues that the deep cultural roots of European anti-Americanism predate contemporary partisan concerns

Anti-Americanism in Europe. Stanford University Stanford, California. This book argues that the deep cultural roots of European anti-Americanism predate contemporary partisan concerns. Of course, there is always room to debate particular policies, but European political culture frequently draws on a reservoir of stereotypes and caricatures about the United States that can mobilize an underlying animosity.

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In his analysis of Europe's ambivalence toward jihadist terror and the spread of aggressive Islamism, with particular emphasis on the European responses-or lack thereof-to this violent anti-modernism, Russell A. Berman describes how some European countries opt for appeasement and apologetics, whereas others muster the strength to defend their way of life and stand up for freedom. He describes a complex continent of different nations and traditions to further our understanding of the range of reactions to Islamism.

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Since September 11, 2001, the attitudes of Europeans toward the United States have grown increasingly more negative. For many in Europe, the terrorist attack on New York City was seen as evidence of how American behavior elicits hostility—and how it would be up to Americans to repent and change their ways. In this revealing look at the deep divide that has emerged, Russell A. Berman explores the various dimensions of contemporary European anti-Americanism. The author shows how, as the process of post-cold war European unification has progressed, anti-Americanism has proven to be a useful ideology for the definition of a new European identity. He examines this emerging identity and shows how it has led Europeans to a position hostile to any "regime change" by the United States—no matter how bad the regime may be—whether in Serbia, Afghanistan, or Iraq.

Berman details the elements—some cultural, some simply irrational—of this disturbing movement and tells why it is likely to remain a feature of relations between the United States and Europe for the foreseeable future. He explains how anti-Americanism operates like an obsessive prejudice and stereotype, impervious to rational arguments or factual proof, and shows how the negative response to U.S. policies can be traced to a larger, more deeply rooted movement against globalization. Anti-Americanism in Western Europe is not just a friendly disagreement, it is a widening chasm. This book makes a major contribution to understanding this important ideological challenge.

  • This book is essential to understanding the hostility to America rooted deep in European, and especially German, culture. The book places anti-Americanism in historical context in five separate free-standing, yet mutually supporting essays. The book is difficult reading given the number of references to obscure writers, philosophers, and activists who are little known outside extremist European political circles.

    Each chapter deals with some different aspect of anti-Americanism, and chapter five also discusses the parallels between anti-American and anti-globalization rhetoric in Europe. The best chapter is chapter three, "Democratic War, Repressive Peace" in which Berman discusses the fundamental logical problems and lack of factual basis supplied by leaders of the anti-American movement, or as the author succinctly states in the first page of the chapter: "Drawing on long-standing cultural conditions rather than on contemporary conditions, anti-Americanism is trapped in a world of imagination. It is ideological in the sense that the ideals to which it adheres are never tested against hard facts." Numerous examples are cited to prove his assertion, and the chapter is probably the single most concise indictment of the hypocrisy present in the anti-American movement in Europe that I have yet seen.

    The book lost a star for chapter five (on anti-globalization), which becomes a tangent to the book more that a topical discourse on anti-Americanism per se. He also spends quite a bit of time on the writings and political views of Arundhati Roy, a bombastic Indian anti-American propagandist. Although she is read more in Europe than in the US, her influence seems blown out of all proportion to her actual relevance, which is essentially nil.

    This is a good and noble effort, although I think that "Anti-Americanism" by Jean Francois Revel is a better overall book, and is certainly more readable.

  • Simply stated: This book should be read my every student of U.S.- European relations as Professor Berman hits the nail on the head.

  • Although anti-Americanism has been around for years, there has recently been a significant upsurge. Several worthwhile books have been published as a result such as ANTI-AMERICANISM by Jean Francois Revel. While Revel's book is more polemical in nature, ANTI-AMERICANISM IN EUROPE by Russell Berman is more empirical and analytical. Unfortunately, despite some good points, it is also extraordinarily dull.

    Berman makes several points that can be found elsewhere but provides some unique analysis. Anti-Americanism has been on the upswing since the collapse of Soviet communism for a couple of reasons. Europeans have begun to define themselves against the United States as sole world superpower rather than the United States as counterweight to a totalitarian regime. Also, some European anti-Americanism can be attributed to leftovers of communist propaganda. Such post-communist attitudes may be the same as they were while the USSR was in power but are viewed in a radically different context.

    Like Revel, Berman also demonstrates that anti-Americanism is an ideology rather than a political stance towards specific American policies. Although anti-Americansim may not exist as powerfully in some countries than in others, in those countries where it is prominent, it takes a similar shape even when the countries involved have very different histories with the U.S. (i.e. France and Germany). Further, as anti-Americanism existed well before the emergence of the U.S. as a global power, it is difficult to argue that a consistent anti-American stance is the result of opposition to specific policies. Berman instead attributes this to older prejudices against capitalism and democracy.

    One of the better aspects of this book is that Berman examines polling data regarding European attitudes towards the U.S. to discover that, underneath legitimate expressions of support for the U.S., there exists an undercurrent of hostility. The examination of this data is particularly illuminating.

    Also solid is Berman's position that, along with older strains of anti-Americanism, such as the prejudice against capitalism, is a new strain due to Europeans' willingness to surrender aspects of their autonomy and democracy to transnational organizations such as the European Union and the United Nations. The U.S.' unwillingness to go along produces friction. Berman makes the exceptionally good point that this willingness to allow bureaucracies to decide policy may make sense for some European countries given their spotty history (Germany being the obvious example) but not for the U.S. with its very different history on the world stage.

    The chapter examining anti-Americanism through a comparison of Saddam Hussein to Hitler is the strong point of the book. Europe has traditionally opted for appeasement in the face of totalitarianism and often expresses hostility towards the U.S. for the simple reason that the U.S. has set a higher moral standard. In one of the better quotes on the subject, Berman states that the "United States has disrupted the blissful ignorance of a world opinion prepared to ignore suffering. Resentment results." That single statement captures a great deal of what anti-Americanism is about.

    Unfortunately, there are some serious weak points to this book. Berman spends way too much time on the ideas of a couple of intellectuals, Jean Baudrillard and Arundhati Roy, without spending enough time demonstrating that their ideas actually have some meaningful impact on the shape of European attitudes. It would have been better to explain how such intellectuals may shape public opinion rather than simply present and analyze their views.

    The most serious drawback of this book, however, is that it is as dull and dry as cigarette ash after a long night of hard drinking. Despite having a graduate degree, there were large sections of this book that I had to read very slowly and very carefully in order to obtain even a modest amount of understanding. Perhaps I am a bit annoyed as this is the second book I have read recently that would have benefitted if the author had taken a creative writing course (see THE FEMINIST DILEMMA by Diana Furchtgott-Roth and Christine Stolba) with ANTI-AMERICANISM IN EUROPE being an even more extreme case. Come on people, I realize I am not reading Dashiell Hammett here, but this is ridiculous. Although I would not tell someone to stay away from this book because of its dullness, I would certainly warn them of it and suggest other source material should be read first.