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Author Eliasson, Johan
Title America's perceptions of Europe [electronic resource] / Leif Johan Eliasson
Imprint New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2010
book jacket
Edition 1st ed
Descript 1 online resource (xii, 219 p.) : ill., map
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
The global engine that keeps on going, and going, and going -- Misperceptions, myths, and justifications explained -- Simplifying the confusing : the "short-short" of Europe and the European Union -- Attractive, determined, and competitive : socialism has ceased to be -- High tech gizmos, web-surfing, cells, and not-so green power -- The things we want in life : health, security, work, culture, and quality -- Europe's global tentacles reach you everywhere : trade, law, business, armaments, and military operations -- Kant and Uncle Sam : competition, coordination, and cooperation -- Appendix A: Figures and tables -- Appendix B: Survey of American students' views and ideas of Europe
This book seeks to rectify Americans' views of its closest ally, Europe - an ambitious task, but one sorely lacking in the literature. Many prejudices about Europe surface in headlines, while others remain latent, but they are real, pervasive and ingrained. By addressing the ordinary citizen in an easy to read, jargon free, factual and non-ideological text, my hope is to begin this process of correcting Americans' often outrageous, yet widely held and perpetuated beliefs about Europe. If the dominant media outlets actually reported the facts about Europe and America's relationship with its European allies, and if the average American knew the importance of Europe to their own, and our global, well-being, this book would be unnecessary. However, this is not the case, making it imperative to address the prevalent and pervasive distortions, misperceptions and even flat-out lies about Europe, European policies, societies, and people. Myths and distortions can be directly harmful to our economy, security, and quality of life. Citizens support policy initiatives, vote, invest, shop and travel. In all of these areas Europe is our most important ally, trading partner, and source of foreign investment. Decisions taken in any of these areas, if based on myths and misperceptions, can have dire consequences for the average citizen. The current economic crisis, domestic reform proposals, and America's increasing realization of its relative decline - and increased need to cooperate with others - makes a book explaining the truth about our closest ally imperative
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Palgrave
Link Print version: Eliasson, Johan. America's perceptions of Europe. 1st ed. New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2010 9780230100046 (DLC) 2009043568 (OCoLC)463854481
Subject Europe -- Foreign public opinion, American
Europe -- Relations -- United States
United States -- Relations -- Europe
Public opinion -- United States
National characteristics, European
Europe -- Politics and government
Europe -- Social conditions
Europe
Europe -- Foreign public opinion, American
Europe -- Politics and government
Europe -- Relations -- United States
Europe -- Social conditions
Foreign public opinion, American
Politics and government
Public opinion
Relations
Social conditions
United States
United States -- Relations -- Europe
History
HISTORY. bisacsh
Publieke opinie. gtt
Beeldvorming. gtt
Politieke situatie. gtt
Sociaal-economische situatie. gtt
Europa (geografie) gtt
Verenigde Staten. gtt
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