One way of looking at the United States today is as a European state that has avoided the catastrophes nationalism brought upon Europe in the twentieth century, and whose nationalism therefore retains some of the power, intensity, bellicosity, and self-absorption that European nationalisms have had kicked out of them by history.
In the Mirror of Europe: The Perils of American Nationalism
Anatol Lieven is a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. His newest book, The Anatomy of American Nationalism, is to be published by Oxford University Press this fall. A longer version of this essay will appear in Prospect (London).
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Anatol Lieven; In the Mirror of Europe: The Perils of American Nationalism. Current History 1 March 2004; 103 (671): 99–106. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/curh.2004.103.671.99
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