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Global Perspectives on the United StatesPro-Americanism, Anti-Americanism, and the Discourses Between$
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Virginia R. Domínguez and Jane C. Desmond

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780252040832

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252040832.001.0001

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What We Talk about When We Talk about Anti-Americanism

What We Talk about When We Talk about Anti-Americanism

An Italian Perspective

(p.46) Chapter 2 What We Talk about When We Talk about Anti-Americanism
Global Perspectives on the United States

Giorgio Mariani

University of Illinois Press

This essay examines the issue of “anti-Americanism,” paying special attention to the multiple meanings and uses of it in the Italian context. It argues that “anti-Americanism” is no easier to define than something like “love,” which is as crucial yet equally as slippery. It points to some of the many different issues often discussed, or alluded to, when people talk about “anti-Americanism.” These are often ideological and historical. It argues that contrary to expectations most analysts of “anti-Americanism” are fond of pointing out that those who hate “America” are quite often more or less secretly in love with “her.” Interestingly this essay points out that it was only with the advent of the Cold War that the term “anti-Americanism” came to be installed in European dictionaries as well as in the language of global politics, and the essay actually makes a plea for getting rid of the term altogether at this point in time.

Keywords:   anti-Americanism, pro-Americanism, criticism, Italy, the United States

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