NOT LIKE US - Europeans Have Loved, Hated, and Transformed American Culture Since World War II by Richard Pells (hier online bestellen)
Pells maintains that in spite of America's political, cultural and economic influence on Europeans
in the 20th century, Europeans have not significantly changed their values or patterns of behavior.
But still, Europeans have adopted American culture whenever they found it useful. So were Europeans largely attracted
by American films made in Hollywood. On the other hand, were Americans influenced by European value, esp. after
WWII when a great exodus of Europeans took place, notably of European Jews.
Conversely did American influence Germany's life dramatically through the American occupation after the war. This was a trend
which turned into the contrary when esp. students from Berlin's Free University took to the streets against American
foreign policies in the 1960s. America had tried to impose its democratic principles on Germany esp. through the
Marshall Plan or the Fulbright exchange program, but mostly through music and pop culture which had a
tremendous impact on young people. Until the mid-1960s Germany was the staunchest ally and most pro-American
country in Europe (unike France).
Later in the century American impact on Europeans still increased, particularly due to mass consumerism and
the English language in movies and television (Bonanza, Dallas, Baywatch).
On the other hand, European influence on Americans took place through the 'New Left' from England or 'the long march
through the institutions' propagated by Germany's Rudi Dutschke. Even more materialistic item such as clothes, cars,
or gourmet food entered American life. Both continents had to adapt to each other, and both learned from each other, but each also
wants to maintain their identities.
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About the author:
Professor Richard Pells (Ph.D., Harvard 1969) is a specialist in 20th Century American
cultural and intellectual history. His current interest is in the global impact of American
culture, and the ways that foreign cultures have affected the United States. His books
include Radical Visions and American Dreams: Culture and Social Thought in the
Depression Years; The Liberal Mind in a Conservative Age: American Intellectuals in the
1940s and 1950s; and Not Like Us: How Europeans Have Loved, Hated, and Transformed
American Culture Since World War II. He is now at work on a book, From Modernism to
the Movies: The Globalization of American Culture in the 20th Century, to be published
by Yale University Press. Prof. Pells has taught abroad at the universities of Sao Paulo,
Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Sydney, Bonn, Berlin, Cologne, and Vienna. He writes often for
newspapers and magazines including the International Herald Tribune, the Los Angeles
Times, and the Chronicle of Higher Education. He is a regular participant in conferences
of the American Historical Association, the Organization of American Historians, the
Society of Historians of American Foreign Relations, and the European Association of
Prof. Pells has also won a Fulbright Senior Specialist Fellowship. This is a new program
designed to provide short-term grants for senior Americanists to lecture, teach courses,
and consult with faculty at universities in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and
Asia. Prof. Pells is holding a Visiting Professorship in the Department of History at the
University of Vienna in June 2003.
NOT LIKE US by Richard Pells
Taschenbuch - 496 Seiten - Basic Books
Erscheinungsdatum: 1. April 1998
Preis: € 21,90
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