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Americanism in the Post-Cold War World (or, A Few Reasons Why We Should All Stop Worrying & Love the United States)

Ushay, Josh L. (2003) Americanism in the Post-Cold War World (or, A Few Reasons Why We Should All Stop Worrying & Love the United States). In Bradley, Rebecca, Lyddon, Jeff, & Buys, Laurie (Eds.) Social Change in the 21st Century, 21 November 2003, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia.

Abstract

In many ways, the current wave of ‘anti-Americanism’ is nothing new. Much of the post-Cold War criticism directed towards American foreign policy by certain sections of the Australian community bears a striking resemblance to those expressed by Americans, and non-Americans alike, during the Cold War itself. Anti-Americanism, as this paper and others have defined it, is less that of an critical attitude based upon both empirical evidence and an appreciation of history than it is an ideologically driven, oftentimes hateful outlook, characterised by a simplistic belief that American policymakers are mean-spirited, racist, and essentially evil. What is intriguing is the fact that these expressions mirror many of those assumptions driving the Cold War paradigm of ‘New Left Revisionism’ that came to prominence in the United States during the late 1960’s and was part of the evolution of Cold War interpretation precipitated by the rise of Cold War ‘Realism’. Whilst the nature and intensity of the Realist and New Left critiques differs to that put forth by proponents of anti-Americanism today, this essay demonstrates that the continuity between this post-Cold War phenomenon and the evolution of Cold War interpretation is indeed remarkable.

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ID Code: 126
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: Anti, American sentiment, Cold war, New left revisionism
ISBN: 0646431056
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY (210000) > HISTORICAL STUDIES (210300) > North American History (210312)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Social Change Research
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > QUT Carseldine - Humanities & Human Services
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 Josh L. Ushay
Deposited On: 10 Jun 2004
Last Modified: 08 Aug 2013 14:49

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