Journal of Transatlantic Studies

, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp 183–198 | Cite as

European lessons in imperialism: a letter to America

  • John Carlos Rowe


US neo-imperialism in Iraq and Afghanistan has its roots in European imperialism, which was closely tied with the rise of nationalism. Patriotism in many different cultural media has been crucial for the success of nationalism and thus for imperialism. Not only must intellectuals challenge the rhetoric of patriotism, but they must also offer political and social alternatives to the nation state. One example of such an alternative is the European Union, which has been designed to overcome the imperialism of Europe’s past history.


US imperialism British imperialism nationalism patriotism Iraq war 


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  • John Carlos Rowe
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  1. 1.English and ASEUniversity of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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