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CP c.4 - Ch 4 France Intro US-Fr relations= love-hate Fr...

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Ch. 4 France Intro: + US-Fr relations= love-hate - Fr come to American revolutionaries rescue in War of Independence from Birtain - Americans helped Fr repel German invaders - 1966- Fr withdrawal from Nato - 9/11- FR support of US - 2009- FR didn’t support iraq invasion - Alexis de Tocqueville- 170 yrs ago expressed France’s ambivalent appreciation of the US- Democracy in America (two-volume study)- celebration of vibrancy of US civil society, of participatory dynamism of their local gov’ts, and of wisdom of federalist constitutional order- reconciling competing values of personal liberty and social equality o Americans overlook the racism, conformism, vulgar materialism, and anti-intellectualism Tocqueville saw in 1830s Americaa - Tocqueville feared US egalitaranism made it suspectible to tyranny when a mass of socially leveled individuals faced a powerful increasingly centralized state + to Tocqueville, also an admirer of Britain, GB had avoided forces of modernity: social equalization and political centralization -
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