We are perhaps confronted with one of the most particular phobias and disorders of those known. Anglophobia is a totally irrational and passionate feeling of hatred towards anything to do with English culture, England in particular. Well not to be confused with Anglo-Saxon.
Certain phenomena could explain, overall, the reasons why the tendency to anglophobia is crescendo. Sociologists who are experts in anthropology point to this rejection due to the constant imposition of the English language to develop in academia, in the world of work and, consequently, in tourism that the English project wherever they go.
What is anglophobia?
The etymology of the word comes from the Latin “Anglus”, which means English, and “Phobos”, derived from the Greek which means fear. It was classified as a pathology because Anglophobia does not respond to any specific criticism or structural feature, but because it is a widespread criticism of anything to do with English.
Anglophobia, on the other hand, has its origins in the past history of the English Empire, which came to dominate half the globe, colonized resource-rich countries, ravaged the local population, and imposed their culture on them. new generations. All this contributes to a better understanding of this phenomenon.
The 5 most anglophobic countries
To better understand the complexity of this pathology, we will turn to a classification of countries that have a deeply rooted Anglophobia. You will be surprised which places the English are systematically afraid of.
In the ocean country is one of the most notable Anglophobias on the whole list. Even though they speak English, drive on the right, and share cultural habits, it should not be forgotten that Australia served as a prison and exile for the British Empire in the 18th century. This meant the permanent replacement of Australian Aborigines by European citizens.
In addition, in Australia, there is a popular derogatory expression for the English immigrant: “whingeing pom”, which means “round English”. Let us also remember that, since its foundation, the country has been indirectly dependent on England politically and economically.
2. United States of America
Another Anglo-Saxon country and a direct descendant of the English. Although there seems to be good harmony politically, economically and culturally, the truth is that there is a lot of suspicion among Americans of the British. In fact, the first to utter the word “anglophobia” was one of the country’s founders, Thomas Jefferson.
The Irish case is more obvious. The British Empire occupied this tiny island for over seven centuries, subjugating the Irish nation politically and culturally. Once the country was decolonized, at the end of the 20th century, the conflict between the English and the Irish was revived, in particular for religious questions (Catholics against Protestants), which led to the creation of the IRA (Irish Republic Army). ).
Claims of Celtic culture, language and independence against England continue to be the subject of commemorative events and staging from the most nationalist sectors. The latest political tension was sparked by Queen Elizabeth II’s visit in 2011, where there were public altercations and a notorious rejection of her presence on Irish soil.
The case of Argentina is one of the most recent and recent when it comes to anglophobia. Basically, the tensions between England and the Latin American country can be traced back to the historic dispute between the two nations over the Falkland Islands. The last direct conflict between the two countries took place in 1982, when Argentina attempted to recapture these islands and they were defeated.
The social frustration after the Falklands War was notorious and difficult to deal with. It was not until the 1986 World Football Championship where the Argentines redeemed the humiliation. In a clash with the English team, star Diego Armando Maradona gave the Albiceleste the triumph of honor, with a goal in extremis with his hand, which would go down in history as the goal of “the hand of God”.
The Spanish case is quite specific. Of the entire list of countries suffering from Anglophobia, Spain is perhaps the least, although the unwanted tourist practice of the English, Makes this trend upward. However, political and social relations between Spain and England have been a real roller coaster.
At the height of the Spanish Empire, which preceded the British Empire in its conquest by America, the former brought it humiliating defeats for nearly two centuries. One of the most important battles was the Battle of Cartagena de Indias in 1741 (Cartagena, Colombia today). The English, superior in number of troops and frigates, had an easy victory in mind. Not even close. Almost without realizing it, they found their “Marine Invincible” sinking and three-quarters of their army ashore.
Apart from the historical facts, the current Anglophobia in Spain is due to the tourist “invasion” that the English made in the Iberian Peninsula, in particular in the coastal areas, the south of Andalusia and its coasts, as well as the Balearic Islands or the Catalan Costa Brava. Neighbors and public administrations have denounced the rude behavior of the English tourist for two decades, such as drunken tourism, sex tourism and the destruction of public furniture.