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„American greedy Shylock” – geneza i ewolucja niemieckiego antyamerykanizmu
"American greedy Shylock" - the genesis and evolution of German anti-Americanism

Author(s): Przemysław Łukasik
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences
Published by: KSIĘGARNIA AKADEMICKA Sp. z o.o.

Summary/Abstract: Anti -Americanism is a constant critical attitude to social, economic and political institutions, tradition and values of the United States. Anti -Americanism is the ability to interpret America’s actions through earlier established images and negative stereotypes. Essence of the German Anti -Americanism is based on the distinction between: Kulturnation ‘cultural nation’ – Germany and Staatnation ‘state nation’ – America. Kulturnation is nation as a community of people who are bound together by common language, culture, tradition and religion. It is not dependent on existing or lacking state borders. Staatnation is a conception in which all people living in a country, no matter of ethnical heredity or mother language, as a result of independent and free will they create one nation. In the nineteenth century Germany anti -democratic Anti -Americanism was typical reaction for an American attempt to create a community of free and equal citizens based on abstractive ideals of the Enlightenment. ‘Hypocrisy of Wilson’s idealism’ after I World War formed among Germans image of Americans, as people who speak like preacher and act like businessmen.

  • Issue Year: 7/2010
  • Issue No: 14
  • Page Range: 197-212
  • Page Count: 16
  • Language: Polish