West Germans Against The West: Anti-Americanism in Media and Public Opinion in the Federal Republic…

Hardcover | June 15, 2010

byChristoph Hendrik Muller

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An exploration of how the theme of Anti-Americanism was employed by influential sections of the West German media to oppose the modernisation of the Federal Republic of Germany during the long 1950s. In the public battle over the future direction of Germany, America stood as a symbol of social, political and economic corruption.

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An exploration of how the theme of Anti-Americanism was employed by influential sections of the West German media to oppose the modernisation of the Federal Republic of Germany during the long 1950s. In the public battle over the future direction of Germany, America stood as a symbol of social, political and economic corruption.

CHRISTOPH HENDRIK MULLER has been a lecturer at University College Dublin, Ireland, and has taught at Queens University Belfast and Trinity College Dublin. He has worked for Reuters, the Financial Times Deutschland and SPIEGEL online. He holds a doctoral degree from the University of Oxford and a BA from Trinity College Dublin. He cur...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 8.56 × 5.75 × 0.78 inPublished:June 15, 2010Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230231551

ISBN - 13:9780230231559

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
List of Abbreviations
Introduction
Vergangenheitsbewltigung at the Expense of the USA
Rejection of the Republic - Democracy and Capitalism
Hedonism and Equality
'Americanization' Revisited
Epilogue: '1968' and 'America'
Bibliography
Index

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"In this excellent historical-cultural study, Muller takes a closer look at the 'long 1950s' and shows convincingly that anti-American attitudes were not just at the fringes but pretty much at the heart of West Germany's emerging political culture. Coming to terms with the past, West German politicians and intellectuals struggled with the supposed 'deeper' meanings of the relationship between democracy, capitalism and culture." —Andreas Hess, Times Higher Education