Title Page, Copyright

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pp. i-v

Contents

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pp. vi-vi

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Foreword

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pp. vii-x

...Hearing my Dutch mother-in-law come down the stairs, I thought she was headed for the kitchen, when she surprised me. Coming up from behind the sofa, she poked my right shoulder. “See!” she said—as if I were a member of the Republican electorate. Startled, I turned my head to look at her. But before I could reply...

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Preface

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pp. xi-xix

...When my father and I arrived in the United States as immigrants from Romania—by way of Vienna—in the summer of 1960, we spent a number of weeks living with American families in the greater New York area. Some were Jews, like us; most were not. But all spoke some German because our English was...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-10

...It is unifyingWest Europeans more than any other political emotion—with the exception of a common hostility toward Israel. In today’s West Europe these two closely related antipathies and resentments are now considered proper etiquette. They are present in polite company and acceptable...

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Chapter 1 Anti-Americanism as a European Lingua Franca

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pp. 11-37

...anger, my hostility is directed toward another’s action and can be extinguished by getting even—an action that reestablishes the equilibrium. In hatred, my hostility is directed toward another person or a category of individuals [Americans and/or Jews/Israelis in the case of this study, A.M.] who are seen...

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Chapter 2 European Anti-Americanism: A Brief Historical Overview

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pp. 38-80

...During my research on this topic, I embarked on an excursion into history to find out whether the kind of anti-Americanism currently sweeping Europe is indeed unique. Even if anti-Americanism today, quantitatively viewed, has come to occupy a new hegemonic hold on the daily discourse of Europe’s elites and citizens—and even if it currently enjoys a legitimacy never...

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Chapter 3 The Perceived “Americanization” of All Aspects of European Lives: A Discourse of Irritation and Condescension

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pp. 81-134

...This chapter is devoted to the analysis of diverse themes that have just one thing in common: They have almost nothing to do with “grand” politics. By way of this exclusion I hope to analyze the kind of European resentment against America that might be called “surplus” anti-Americanism, or the anti-American “bonus.” The subject is anti-Americanism for its own...

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Chapter 4 The Massive Waning of America’s Image in the Eyes of Europe and the World

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pp. 135-149

...So what? Why and how does it matter that these multifaceted derisions of and ubiquitous irritations with America and all things American have become part of daily discourse in most of West Europe’s media? Do talk and sentiment have any real consequences in action? Indeed, Peter J. Katzenstein and Robert O. Keohane argue in a major forthcoming volume that they...

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Chapter 5 “Twin Brothers”: European Anti-Semitism and Anti-Americanism

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pp. 150-200

...have always viewed the two as close relatives or (to put the point even more figuratively) as first cousins. But my research for the project leading to this book convinced me that the relationship between these two phenomena is even closer than is the case among cousins. Andre´ Glucksmann’s characterization of the two...

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Chapter 6 Anti-Americanism: A Necessary and Welcomed Spark to Jump-start a European Identity?

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pp. 201-224

...Fundamentally, the European views about America have little to do with the real America but much to do with Europe. It is a completely open question which direction European anti-Americanism will take, because it is an equally open question as to what content and form the European project will assume. Still, it is one thing for European elites, artists, and intellectuals to have...

Notes

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pp. 225-264

Index

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pp. 265-276