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Uncouth Nation: Why Europe Dislikes America

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No survey can capture the breadth and depth of the anti-Americanism that has swept Europe in recent years. From ultraconservative Bavarian grandmothers to thirty-year-old socialist activists in Greece, from globalization opponents to corporate executives--Europeans are joining in an ever louder chorus of disdain for America. For the first time, anti-Americanism has become ...more
Hardcover, 275 pages
Published February 1st 2007 by Princeton University Press (first published January 1st 2007)
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Aug 25, 2012 Wanda rated it liked it
To me the premise was interesting, but not that interesting, I guess because I don't really care what Europeans think of us--oh, a foreigner complaining about America: wow, stop the presses!
Still a few things stood out for me:
Europeans dislike us not for what we do, but for who we are; the mere fact of our existence is what they can't stand.
Anti-Americanism and anti-Semitism are melded together in the European mind. We know what they did to European Jews when they got the chance; they'd probabl
Feb 12, 2016 Shawn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Anti-Americanism develops into a generalized, normative dislike of America and all things American, often lacking reasons or concrete arguments. According to Markovits, European elites have appropriated Samuel Huntington’s notion of the “clash of civilizations” to support their allegations of an increasing clash between European and American values. They indict America on three levels: it is morally backward, espousing a religious fundamentalism that among other things endorses the death penalty ...more
Dec 31, 2007 Pam rated it did not like it
I RARELY give up on books - but this one is an exception. I tried to read through slow spots in the hopes of hitting something that flowed more - but never did. I gave it at least a dozen chances! It just wasn't the book for me!
Feb 24, 2008 Sharon is currently reading it
I haven't yet been able to start this book, but I heard the author speak. Although he defines Europe rather narrowly (because of his research), he does address a fundamental problem in US-European relations and, moreover, tells us why Americans should care. He also makes the case that European anti-Americanism has existed since the 18th century and, therefore, is not exclusively the result of America's actions as a superpower--even though the actions of the Bush administration have exacerbated t ...more
Apr 05, 2012 David rated it really liked it
Very good book. The author's ideas about European anti-Americanism being, first, not very new, and second, based more on what the USA is (or at least, what they think it is), than what it actually does are very true. The parts about "unified" European identity simply in opposition to the US is also a very real and unfortunate fact. There really is too much "at least we're not like those dumb Americans" type-thinking in Europe these days.

Aside from the content of the book, the formatting on the K
Oct 18, 2007 Charles rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: wonks
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I barely started this one, now it's due back at the library. I can't say I found it particularly engaging except for the cover. The author's premise is approximately that disdain for America is the principal binding force of the new Europe. I'll buy that, but I evidently won't be so interested in reading how someone can back that up.
Mar 21, 2011 Jyv rated it it was ok
I thought this book would be interesting but I just couldn't get past the first couple of chapters. I was getting bored - why, I'm not sure - the way it was written?
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