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

By M. Hampton

American citizens and Europeans understand hazard another way. american citizens stay extra spiritual than Europeans and usually nonetheless think their state is providentially blessed. American safety tradition is comparatively sturdy and comprises the deeply held trust that existential risk on the earth emanates from the paintings of evil-doers. the U.S. needs to as a result occasionally intrude militarily opposed to evil. the eu Union (EU) safeguard tradition version differs from conventional ecu iterations and from the yank variation. the concept that of possibility as evil misplaced salience as Western Europe grew to become extra secularist. Threats grew to become difficulties to control and get to the bottom of. The upsurge in anti-immigrant and anti-foreigner sentiment in the middle of fiscal main issue undermines this version.

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There is abundant evidence of the United States seeking to save the world. ”69 As Manifest Destiny took hold of the American imagination, so too did the flourishing missionary movement of the nineteenth century. Unlike the frontier narrative that would develop with America’s westward development, the missionary movement recalled and reinforced America’s providential calling to save the world. ”71 Following up on the original collectively held belief that America was providentially blessed and shone as a beacon to the world, the beliefs spawned in the Second Great Awakening influenced many to 36 A THORN IN TRANSATLANTIC RELATIONS go even further in their assertions about America’s calling.

Indeed, in arguing against the rule of kings, as practiced in England and across Europe, as despotic and antithetical to the establishment of true liberty, Paine wrote: “Government by kings was first introduced into the world by heathens, from whom the children of Israel copied the custom. ”50 Religious beliefs not only informed Americans about the nature of external threats, it also reinforced for them what they were to fight for. Preserving American liberty and the American way of life have always been the mainstay of why Americans go to war, and it has always been with the presumption of providential blessing.

57 Since then, France has helped shape more muscular responses to security problems. Their leadership role was clear during NATO’s military intervention in Libya and Mali. ”58 In the fourth and fifth chapters, divergences in United States and EU European security cultures and the effects they had on threat perception are examined using two historical examples: the Cold War and counterterrorism. Chapter 4 revisits the Cold War. Harmony of purpose was much stronger in the transatlantic community early on in this long time frame than has been true since.

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