By M. Hampton
Americans and Europeans understand possibility in a different way. american citizens stay extra non secular than Europeans and customarily nonetheless think their country is providentially blessed. American safety tradition is comparatively reliable and contains the deeply held trust that existential risk on this planet emanates from the paintings of evil-doers. the U.S. needs to hence occasionally intrude militarily opposed to evil. the eu Union (EU) protection tradition version differs from conventional ecu iterations and from the yank version. the concept that of hazard as evil misplaced salience as Western Europe grew to become extra secularist. Threats grew to become difficulties to control and unravel. The upsurge in anti-immigrant and anti-foreigner sentiment in the course of financial quandary undermines this version.
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Extra info for A Thorn in Transatlantic Relations: American and European Perceptions of Threat and Security
Preston says of President Franklin D. Roosevelt: “While he tolerated all faiths, he could not tolerate a lack of faith. 31 Evangelicalism and Enlightenment It was certainly not unusual in seventeenth-century Europe to find the fear of and belief in God coexisting with emergent Enlightenment beliefs. In this sense, the deep-going religiosity of the American colonists was not extraordinary. In offering a nuanced view of religious influence on American identity and politics, Garry Wills views various swings in US history as the periodic rise and ebb of what he calls the Evangelical religion versus Enlightened religion.
54 While Reagan did not attend church often, his perception of the Soviet threat and his own mission as president were driven by religious convictions. ” Andrew J. 56 34 A THORN IN TRANSATLANTIC RELATIONS The American public tends to respond positively to the infusion of religious beliefs on foreign policy thinking. ”57 The American public tends to accept, even applaud, the influence of religious conviction on the policy-making choices of political elites. 58 “Let Us Secure His Favor”:59 Providence and the American Nation Americans have always believed that God was on their side.
While the world wars of the twentieth century were therefore critical in cementing American beliefs about threat and the value of war-fighting, and reinforced the belief that Providence protected the United States and aided it in military victory, the experiences of the nineteenth century and their reflection of and influence on underlying beliefs were also significant and lasting on the American way of war. Manifest Destiny and Frontier Wars The study focuses mostly on American war-fighting in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, but consideration of nineteenth-century war-fighting is also instructive in understanding the American perception of itself in the world, and the relationship between war-fighting and underlying cultural beliefs.