Sebastian Reyn // Allies or Aliens ?
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- Allies or Aliens ?
In Allies or Aliens? Sebastian Reyn analyses both the transatlantic crisis that was caused by the Iraq crisis and the controversial policies of the Bush administration from a historical perspective. Are Americans and Europeans still allies or have they become too alienated from each other in order to behave as such?
Reyn looks for clarification in philosophical tenets first developed by Thomas Hobbes and John Locke. He retraces America's foreign policy traditions to the eighteenth-century political rivalry between Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson. He finds a deep-seated ambivalence towards Europe in the work of successive generations of American writers. He casts a new light on the emergence of the 'Atlantic Community' during the early stages of the Cold War as well as on its gradual dissipation in the 1960s and 1970s. Finally he dissects the conservative anatomy of the George W. Bush administration and its unsympathetic view of Europe.