Perennial Anti-Americanism in Germany? Critical comments on Ruth Hatlapa’s and Andrei S. Markovits’ “Obamamania and Anti-Americanism as Complementary Concepts”

in German Politics and Society
Stefan Immerfall

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The transatlantic fallout preceding and immediately following the opening

of the Second Iraq War in 2003 was accompanied by an unusually

widespread public contempt for U.S. President George W. Bush. No doubt,

vast majorities in Germany (and in many other European countries)

rejected the Iraq invasion. But how should we interpret their motives?

Was criticism levelled against a specific policy or was it based on negative

stereotyping of America? Three kinds of arguments have been brought

forward as to why the latter should be the case.

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