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The Shock of America: Europe and the Challenge of the Century

David Ellwood


This book is an ambitious, original project describing in detail a century of European coping with America: its inventions, personalities, films, armies, business, and politics. It also shows how much the Europeans' ideas of themselves, including those of the British, have grown from their efforts to come to terms with whatever or whoever the Americans were inventing and projecting in the world. Divided in three parts, corresponding to the three postwar periods of the 20th century, the text shows how these decades reveal better than any other how much emotional energy Europeans invested in fin ... More

Keywords: America, Europeans, tradition, modernity, American politics, Americans, Europe

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780198228790
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198228790.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Ellwood, author
Associate Professor of International History, University of Bologna; Adjunct Professor in European-American Relations, Johns Hopkins University, SAIS Bologna Center