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Season 2009 Episode 0625

Anti-Americanism vs. American Ignorance

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Anti-Americanism vs. American Ignorance
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From the early 19th century onwards, American politicians and the American people have frequently been seen as culturally and intellectually inferior by outsiders. Should these claims be seen as anti-American stereotypes and prejudices or is there reasonable evidence to support such conclusions?Brendon O'Connor, Associate Professor in American Politics at the University of Sydney, explores the historical origins of a set of powerful tropes and stereotypes that emerged describing the American people, their culture and their politics as insular, backward, uncouth, populist and anti-intellectual.He also discusses his research on American's knowledge of global affairs, foreign languages and geography and how this knowledge compares with that of other nations.moreless
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