A Thorn in Transatlantic Relations: American and European by M. Hampton

By M. Hampton

American citizens and Europeans understand risk another way. american citizens stay extra non secular than Europeans and customarily nonetheless think their kingdom is providentially blessed. American safeguard tradition is comparatively reliable and contains the deeply held trust that existential hazard on this planet emanates from the paintings of evil-doers. the united states needs to for that reason occasionally intrude militarily opposed to evil. the eu Union (EU) protection tradition version differs from conventional eu iterations and from the yankee variation. the idea that of hazard as evil misplaced salience as Western Europe turned extra secularist. Threats turned difficulties to regulate and get to the bottom of. The upsurge in anti-immigrant and anti-foreigner sentiment in the course of monetary trouble undermines this version.

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Trusted the narrative. They believed God would deliver them. ”3 Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright poses the question anew: “Does the United States believe it has a special relationship with God? ”4 This chapter helps explain why Americans answer both of these questions in the affirmative. ”5 Americans continue to be very patriotic, and as the “shining city on the hill,” believe they stand apart from the rest of the world physically and are 24 A THORN IN TRANSATLANTIC RELATIONS raised above it morally.

55 Indeed, the term “never again” for West Germans was two pronged: never again war from German soil, and never again support for undemocratic demagogues like Hitler. The culture of reticence helped define the set of beliefs, values, and norms that underwrote German security culture through the 1990s and into the twenty-first century. Those same values, norms, and beliefs became central to the collective EU European security culture. 56 In sum, due to its unique historical role, Germany has been the pivot of the emerging security culture.

Preston says of President Franklin D. Roosevelt: “While he tolerated all faiths, he could not tolerate a lack of faith. 31 Evangelicalism and Enlightenment It was certainly not unusual in seventeenth-century Europe to find the fear of and belief in God coexisting with emergent Enlightenment beliefs. In this sense, the deep-going religiosity of the American colonists was not extraordinary. In offering a nuanced view of religious influence on American identity and politics, Garry Wills views various swings in US history as the periodic rise and ebb of what he calls the Evangelical religion versus Enlightened religion.

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