Debating Anti-Americanism in post 9/11-Germany: Theories, Motives and Functions Anna Fritzsche

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Debating Anti-Americanism in post 9/11-Germany: Theories, Motives and Functions by Anna Fritzsche
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Seminar paper from the year 2009 in the subject Politics - International Politics - Region: USA, grade: 1, Yale University, course: Anti-Americanism in World Politics, language: English, abstract: Germany offers the most often-cited example of theMoreSeminar paper from the year 2009 in the subject Politics - International Politics - Region: USA, grade: 1, Yale University, course: Anti-Americanism in World Politics, language: English, abstract: Germany offers the most often-cited example of the effects that anti-Americanism can have at specific historical junctures.In 2008, five years after the bitter U.S.-German clash over the war in Iraq, a number of opinion polls suggested that anti-American sentiments are increasing worldwide, including sharp drops in favorability among traditional allies in Western Europe.

The lowest percentage of any European country included in a Pew Global Attitudes survey were reached in Germany, where favorable views of the United States have nosedived from 78% at the start of the decade to 30%. In spring 2007, the German weekly magazine Stern published a poll, conducted by the Forsa Institute, which suggested that 48% of Germans believe that the United States is more dangerous for world peace than Iran.This research paper interrogates the nature of anti-Americanism in Germany today and over the last years.

It will first discuss general and specific aspects of anti-American perceptions in the historical and political context of the immediate post-9/11 era and present day Germany. It takes a closer look at anti-Americanism as an often disputed politico-cultural undercurrent of German political history and several political movements and explores the revival of popular anti-Americanism following the events of 2002-03.There is considerable disagreement within the scholarly debate about the sources of anti-American hostility in Germany.

While many analysts argue that the negative image of the U.S. in Germany is linked to the Iraq War, others suggest that there is a long-standing tradition of latent anti-Americanism in the country. In light of this dichotomy of positions in the theoretical literature on the subject, this research paper will address the following questions:Can the prevailing attitudes of German public opinion towards the United States be defined as anti-Americanism (as in a set of cultural prejudices or ideology), or are they merely an expression of legitimate opposition to a specific U.S.

administration? What are the sources of anti-Americanism in Germany? Is hostility towards the United States a recent phenomenon that is connected to the disagreement over the war in Iraq and a reaction to the foreign policy of the Bush Administration? Or is anti-Americanism a malaise allemande, i.e. historically and socially embedded in the country?

Are there analogies to earlier epochs of anti-Americanism in the current German ambivalence towards the U.S.?



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