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The Transatlantic Link: Understanding America from Europe - JTM034
Title: The Transatlantic Link: Understanding America from Europe
Guaranteed by: Department of North American Studies (23-KAS)
Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences
Actual: from 2019
Semester: summer
E-Credits: 6
Examination process: summer s.:
Hours per week, examination: summer s.:1/1, Ex [HT]
Capacity: 20 / unknown (20)
Min. number of students: unlimited
Virtual mobility / capacity: no
State of the course: taught
Language: English
Teaching methods: full-time
Teaching methods: full-time
Note: course can be enrolled in outside the study plan
enabled for web enrollment
Guarantor: PhDr. Jan Hornát, Ph.D.
Teacher(s): PhDr. Jan Hornát, Ph.D.
Class: Courses for incoming students
Course completion requirements
Last update: PhDr. Jan Hornát, Ph.D. (11.05.2023)

1. Students will be required to attend classes regularly, read assigned readings and be active in discussions - this activity will constitute 10 points of the final grade.

2. Paper I: each student will be required to hand in an op-ed (800-1000 words), which will debate any issue related to transatlantic relations. Instructions on how to write an op-ed will be discussed in class. The activity will constitute 20 points of the final grade. The op-ed will be due on 20. 3. 2023.

3. Paper II: each student will hand in a reaction paper to one of the required readings (1200 - 1500 words). The activity will constitute 20 points of the final grade. The reaction paper will be due on 17.4.2023.

3. Final test: Students will answer open-ended questions based on the mandatory readings. The activity will constitute 50 points of the final grade. The test will take place virtually via


100 - 91 points: A

90 - 81 points: B

80 - 71 points: C

70 - 61 points: D

60 - 50 points: E

less than 50 points: F (fail)


Late submission of papers: -3 points/day

Paper submission:

Students will submit the papers via the Turnitin system:

Class ID: 37840932

Enrollment key: Jinonice1

Class Ethics

(A) Any use of quoted texts in submitted papers must be acknowledged. Such use must meet the following conditions:

  1. the beginning and end of the quoted passage must be shown with quotation marks
  2. when quoting from periodicals or books, the name(s) of author(s), book or article titles, the year of publication, and page from which the passage is quoted must all be stated in footnotes or endnotes;
  3. internet sourcing must include a full web address where the text can be found as well as the date the web page was visited by the author.

It is recommended to use the style of Chicago Manual of Style.

(B) In case the use of any texts other than those written by the author is established without proper acknowledgment as defined in (A), the paper will be deemed plagiarized and handed over to the Disciplinary Commission of the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Literature - Czech
Last update: Bc. Jiřina Tomečková (13.02.2023)

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Teaching methods
Last update: PhDr. Jan Hornát, Ph.D. (06.02.2023)

Lecture and discussion with students

The course will be taught online via ZOOM (due to Dr. Hornat's visiting fellowship at North Carolina State University)

Zoom link:

Last update: PhDr. Jan Hornát, Ph.D. (02.02.2023)

Course schedule (2023)


The course will be taught online via ZOOM (due to Dr. Hornat's visiting fellowship at North Carolina State University)

Zoom link:

Bloc I: Introduction

1.             Course introduction and requirements (14.2.2023)

2.             Searching for narratives: Debates about the American and European identities (21.2.2023)


  • Huntington, Samuel P., Who are We? The Challenges to America's National Identity (New York: Simon and Schuster, 2004). Chapter 3 – “Components of American Identity”.
  • Diez, Thomas, "Europe’s Others and the Return of Geopolitics," Cambridge Review of International Affairs 17 (2), 2004: 319–335.


  • Smith, Anthony D. "National Identity and the Idea of European Unity," International Affairs 68 (1), 1992: 55-76.
  • Bottici, Chiara and Benoit Challand, Imagining Europe: Myth, Memory, and Identity (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013). Chapter 4 - "Myths of Europe".
  • Green, David Michael, The Europeans: Political Identity in an Emerging Polity (Boulder CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2007). Chapters 2 and 7 - "The Idea of European Identity" and "Conclusion: European Identity and its Context".

Bloc II: Organizing territory – The United States vs. the United States of Europe 

3.             Building a federation (28.2.2023)


  • Deudney, Daniel H., “The Philadelphian system: sovereignty, arms control, and balance of power in the American states-union, circa 1787–1861,” International Organization 49 (2), 1995, 191-228.


  • Lundestad, Geir, "Empire" by Integration: The United States and European Integration, 1945-1997 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998), pp. 1-28.
  • Hendrickson, David C., Peace Pact: The Lost World of the American Founding (Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 2003), pp. 3-32.

4.             Regionalism in the US (7.3.2023)


  • Woodard, Colin, American Character: A History of the Epic Struggle Between Individual Liberty and the Common Good (New York: Viking, 2016). Chapter 3 – “Rival Americas”.


  • Harrington, Jesse R. and Michele J. Gelfand, "Tightness–looseness across the 50 united states", Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 111 (22), 2014: 7990-7995.

Bloc III: Organizing society – Dialogues over solidarity, equality and liberalism

5.             Conceptualizing solidarity (14.3.2023)


  • Jacobs, Lawrence and Theda Skocpol, Health Care Reform and American Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017). Chapter 1 - "Why Now? Broken Health Care and an Opportunity for Change".


  • Foner, Eric, Who Owns History? Rethinking the Past in a Changing World (New York: Hill and Wang, 2002). Chapter 6 - "Why is there no socialism".

6.             “In Europe, we don’t do God”: The Role of Religion in Society and Politics (21.3.2023)


  • Kopstein, Jeffrey and Sven Steinmo (eds.), Growing Apart? America and Europe in the 21st Century (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007). Chapter 1 - "The Religious Divide: Why Religion Seems to Be Thriving in the United States and Waning in Europe" by Steven Pfaff.


  • Phillips, Kevin, "Church, State, and National Decline" in American Theocracy: The Peril and Politics of Radical Religion, Oil, and Borrowed Money in the 21st Century (London: Penguin Books, 2007), 218-262.
  • Gonzalez, Michelle A., "Religion and the US Presidency: Politics, the Media, and Religious Identity," Political Theology 13 (5), 2012: 568–585.

7.             Fighting the government, the elites or foreigners? Convergence of American and European Populisms (28.3.2023)


  • Bonikowski, Bart, "Three Lessons of Contemporary Populism in Europe and the United States", Brown Journal of World Affairs 23 (1), 2016: 9-24. 
  • Samuels, Robert, “(Liberal) Narcissism” in Routledge Handbook of Psychoanalytic Political Theory (New York: Routledge, 2019), pp. 151-161.


  • Judis, John B., The Populist Explosion: How the Great Recession Transformed American and European Politics (New York: Colombia Global Reports, 2016), 12-61,89-108 and 131-163.
  • Berlet, Chip and Spencer Sunshine, “Rural rage: the roots of rightwing populism in the United States”, The Journal of Peasant Studies 46 (3), 2019: 480-513.
  • Wodak, Ruth, "The ‘Establishment’, the ‘Élites’, and the ‘People’: Who’s Who?" Journal of Language & Politics 16 (4), 2017: 551–65.

Bloc IV: Organizing the economy – Welfare states and Neoliberalism

8.             Equality of opportunity and equality of outcome (4.4.2023)


  • Verba, Sidney, and Gary R. Orren, “The Meaning of Equality in America”, Political Science Quarterly 100 (3), 1985: 369-387.


  • Kingston, Paul W. and Laura M. Holian, "Inequality" in Alberto Martinelli (ed.), Transatlantic Divide: Comparing American and European Society (oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007). 

9.            Ideology, politics and identity in the economy (11.4.2023)


  • Kopstein, Jeffrey and Sven Steinmo (eds.), Growing Apart? America and Europe in the 21st Century (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007). Chapter 4 - "One Ring to Bind Them All: American Power and Neoliberal Capitalism" by Mark Blyth.


  • Alesina, Alberto and Edward Glaeser, "Why are welfare states in the US and Europe so different: What do we learn?" Horizons stratégiques 2 (2), 2006: 51-61.
  • Alber, Jens, "What the European and American Welfare States Have in Common and Where They Differ: Facts and Fiction in Comparisons of the European Social Model and the United States," Journal of European Social Policy 20 (2), 2010: 102–125.
  • Kousser, Thad, "How America's 'Devolution Revolution' Reshaped Its Federalism", Revue Francaise de Science Politique 64 (2), 2014: 65-83.

Bloc V: Ensuring security – Dealing with differing threat perceptions

10.         Divergent threat and security perceptions across the Atlantic (18.4.2023)


  • Hampton, Mary N., A Thorn in Transatlantic Relations: American and European Perceptions of Threat and Security (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), pp. 1-22.


  • Sarotte, Mary Elise, "Transatlantic Tension and Threat Perception," Naval War College Review 58 (4), 2005: 25–37.

11.          Are “Americans from Mars and Europeans from Venus”? Civilian power Europe vs. military power US (25.4.2023)


  • Briggs, William, How America Got Its Guns: A History of the Gun Violence Crisis (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2017). Chapters 1 and 2 – “Guns in America” and “The Advantage of Being Armed”.


  • Kagan, Robert, “Power and Weakness”, Policy Review 113 (3), 2002: 3-28.


Bloc VI: Transatlantic Dialogues

13.         Anti-Americanism and Anti-Europeanism and Transatlantic “Othering”(2.5.2023)


  • Markovits, Andrei S., Uncouth Nation: Why Europe Dislikes America (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2007). Chapter 1 - "Anti-Americanism as a European Lingua Franca".


  • Ash, Timothy Garton, "Anti-Europeanism in America", The New York Review of Books, February 2003.
  • Woodward, C. Vann, The Old World’s New World (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991). Chapter 6 – “Tantalus Americanus”.
  • Patrick Chamorel, "Anti-Europeanism and Euroscepticism in the United States", EUI Working Papers 25, 2004.


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