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The Shock of AmericaEurope and the Challenge of the Century$
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David Ellwood

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780198228790

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198228790.001.0001

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Epilogue: The End of the ‘American Century’?

Epilogue: The End of the ‘American Century’?

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The Shock of America

David Ellwood

Oxford University Press

This chapter looks at the decade of the 2000s: from 9/11 to the triumph of Obama, from the Iraq war to the financial crisis of 2008; the fall from grace of America's models of modernity (except Silicon Valley and Hollywood); Europe from place-holder for critics of Bush foreign policy to discredited source of alternatives; the re-assertion of identity politics, and the unwitting role of America in dividing Europeans: the British governments so anxious to adopt American patterns of renewal, the French so keen to assert an alternative tradition and view of the world, the rest at various places in between; Obama's election as a moment of redemption in many European eyes (not all), in spite of his many lines of continuity with traditional American views of the world's progress, especially those linking democracy and liberty to economic growth under free-market capitalism.

Keywords:   9/11, Iraq War, George W Bush, Barack Obama, Lisbon Agenda, Americanization, anti-Americanism, identity politics

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