American culture has been one of the most controversial exports of the United States: greeted with enthusiasm by some, with hostility by others. Yet, few societies escape its influence. However, t all changes should be interpreted simply as Americanization. The shaping of the postwar world has been much more complex than this term implies.
Heide Fehrenbach is Professor of History at the University of Northern Illinois; Uta G. Poiger is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Washington, Seattle.