American Avatar: The United States in the Global Imagination by Barry A. Sanders

By Barry A. Sanders

Untangling the world's love-hate dating with America

Since September eleven, 2001, the broad literature at the United States's snapshot out of the country, by means of well known pundits and teachers alike, leaves the reader with a misunderstanding that foreigners' perspectives of the USA are generally damaging and impervious to alter. actually they're advanced, emotional, usually internally contradictory, and sometimes switch quickly.

Barry A. Sanders corrects this misimpression with a rigorous and insightful textual research of the roots of people's perspectives of the U.S. and what will be performed to change them. in accordance with Sanders, the attitudes an individual expresses concerning the usa encompass separate parts: the person's reminiscence financial institution of pictures (informed through American geography, humans, philosophy, heritage, and overseas coverage) and a predisposition or bias that impacts which pictures are referred to as forth from memory.

Opinion surveys, similar to the Pew international angle Survey, basically checklist the spoken results of this twostep technique of their tabulation of "favorable" or "unfavorable" reviews. They unavoidably fail to spot the underlying complexity.

Examining the biases or predispositions that consultant humans in picking out one of the myriad kept photos to precise an opinion on a given day, Sanders analyzes either anti-American and pro-American biases yet specializes in the previous, explaining which criticisms could be heeded whilst crafting international coverage and speaking nationwide goals to pals and foes alike.

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He advocated nations yielding sovereign independence of action to a “general association of nations,” the League of Nations. These ideas were radical. They placed a number of inconsistencies into the American practice of foreign affairs. These contradictions have been the source of both high expectations and grave disappointments in the minds of observers of American policy ever since. They set the terms of an America of the imagination in contrast to an America of the real world. America simultaneously guards its national security but promotes liberal democracy abroad at the expense of its security; demands a conscientious respect for its sovereignty but calls for intervention in the affairs of others; promotes self-determination but seeks respect for sovereign borders and stability; urges free trade but engages in protectionism; and leads the world in establishing multilateral institutions and international law but arrogates to itself alone the sovereign prerogative to decide on the actions it will take in world affairs.

This is our high destiny, and in nature’s eternal, inevitable decree of cause and effect we must accomplish it. All this will be our future history, to establish on earth the moral dignity and salvation of man—the immutable truth and beneficence of God. For this blessed mission to the nations of the world, which are shut out from the life-giving light of truth, has America been chosen; and her high example shall smite unto death the tyranny of kings, hierarchs, and oligarchs, and carry the glad tidings of peace and good will where myriads now endure an existence scarcely more enviable than that of beasts of the field.

Fredrika Bremer, a Swedish novelist, visited in 1850 and marveled at American innovation, from Benjamin Franklin’s eighteenth-century electrical experiments to the invention of anesthesia by Dr. William T. G. Morton in Boston in 1846: America is the land of experiment. . One of its sons drew the lightning from the clouds; another created wings out of steam for all the people of the earth; so that they might fly round the world; a third has, oh the happy man! discovered the means of mitigating Imprints from Inside America ■ 35 Frederic Remington established the standard vision of cowboy and Indian life on the Western plains in his paintings.

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