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Americanization and Anti-americanism : The German Encounter with American Culture after 1945 - Alexander Stephan

Americanization and Anti-americanism

The German Encounter with American Culture after 1945

By: Alexander Stephan (Editor)

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The ongoing discussions about globalization, American hegemony and September 11 and its aftermath have moved the debate about the export of American culture and cultural anti-Americanism to center stage of world politics. At such a time, it is crucial to understand the process of culture transfer and its effects on local societies and their attitudes toward the United States.

This volume presents Germany as a case study of the impact of American culture throughout a period characterized by a totalitarian system, two unusually destructive wars, massive ethnic cleansing, and economic disaster. Drawing on examples from history, culture studies, film, radio, and the arts, the authors explore the political and cultural parameters of Americanization and anti-Americanism, as reflected in the reception and rejection of American popular culture and, more generally, in European-American relations in the "American Century."

"This is a great book. Instead of simplifying the topic or getting lost in details, it presents a logical structure and a strong argument nuanced by local peculiarities... At best, an edited volume turns its reader overnight into an international expert in the field. Stephan's volume on the Americanization of as well as anti-Americanism in Europe since World War Two is such a book." - H-Net

"In many respects, all of the essays in this collection are individual gems...The various pieces contribute to a clearer understanding of the interactions between American culture and anti-Americanism in a European context. They also highlight the key roles played by the Vietnam War and Hollywood in both the acceptance and the rejection of American culture. Overall, this study is a very welcome addition to the literature on the American role in the wider process of globalization." - European History Quarterly

"Alexander Stephan's well-edited collection of 15 essays dealing with anti-Americanism in a country where the U.S.'s standing was once high and has now dropped so sharply is indeed timely. The book may be helpful as well in searching for explanations of anti-Americanism in other countries, because it deals with so many aspects of this phenomenon, ranging from the political to the cultural." - German Quarterly

Acknowledgementsp. viii
Introductionp. 1
Politics of Culture
Anti-Americanism and Americanizationp. 11
Counter-Americanism and Critical Currents in West German Reconstruction 1945-1960: The German Lesson Confronts the American Way of Lifep. 25
Saigon, Nuremberg, and the West: German Images of America in the Late 1960sp. 51
Popular Culture
Resisting Boogie-Woogie Culture, Abstract Expressionism, and Pop Art: German Highbrow Objections to the Import of "American" Forms of Culture, 1945-1965p. 67
From Nightmare to Model? Why German Broadcasting Became Americanizedp. 78
Learning from America: Reconstructing "Race" in Postwar Germanyp. 107
Film
Cinematic Americanization of the Holocaust in Germany: Whose Memory Is It?p. 129
Anti-Americanism and the Cold War: On the DEFA Berlin Filmsp. 148
German Cinema Face to Face with Hollywood: Looking into a Two-Way Mirrorp. 166
European and Global Perspectives
Double Crossings: The Reciprocal Relationship between American and European Culture in the Twentieth Centuryp. 189
Anti-Americanism and Anti-Modernism in Europe: Old and Recent Versionsp. 202
California Blue: Americanization as Self-Americanizationp. 221
Awkward Relations: American Perceptions of Europe, European Perceptions of Americap. 238
Outlook
Crisis or Cooperation? The Transatlantic Relationship at a Watershedp. 253
Germans and Americans: Understanding and Managing Changep. 257
Bibliographyp. 263
Contributorsp. 276
Indexp. 283
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ISBN: 9781571816733
ISBN-10: 1571816739
Series: Berghahn Ser.
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 30th May 2014
Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.75
Weight (kg): 0.6