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  •  It's not just (4.00)
    our own history. Americans, as a whole, are ignorant of history, period. Also non-English languages, cultures other than our own, geography, mathematics, basic science....
    •  Can I re-visit my longing for an Irish pub theme? (4.00)
      Europeans, regardless of "collar" - white, blue, ring-around - are incredibly knowledgable about American history, geography, and politics. The aforementioned (on another thread)Irish boatman knew exactly where St Louis was, he and his brother had travelled extensively, and and could speak in detail about different parts of the US.

      Americans are very ethnocentric and willfully ignorant of other cultures.

      Great bass - Lesh filling.

      by Glic on Sat Sep 17, 2005 at 07:43:00 PM PDT

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      •  I can't speak (none)
        to the average European's knowledge of American history--it wasn't a subject that came up much when I was in France this January, researching some of their history for my M.A. project. But I sure as hell saw more coverage of U.S. news--even in the regional papers in Alsace--than I see of European news in major American dailies. I don't remember seeing a single newscast--even given that when I arrived it was less than a week after the Indonesian tsunami, and while I was there Florence Aubenas (a reporter for a major French news organization) was kidnapped in Iraq along with her translator, and the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz was coming up just as I was getting ready to leave--that didn't include at least one U.S. item.

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