The fear of England can have many causes, but it is usually rooted in the complex issues of politics, war, and cultural differences. This phobia is known as Anglophobia.
Why Do People Fear England?
Colonialism, with its long-range effects on other countries, is a prime trigger for this phobia. England may now be perceived as a fallen Empire, but in past eras this country was a force to be reckoned with. Many people in other countries consider the Colonial influence of England to be a negative experience, marked with a dilution of their own culture at the hands of the British.
As well, colonialism could be a violent process, where a countries resources were siphoned out by England, and used to that country’s benefit. Violence, domination, and racism were often the by-products of colonialism, which brings with it an inherent sense of superiority. One example of a country which took the brunt of British colonialism is India, which became the British Indian Empire under England’s rule.
Among the many countries colonized by Britain are those found in the Caribbean, including the Bahamas and Barbados. These nations will always be tied to English habits, customs, and culture, whether they like it or not. Some incidences of Anglophobia in colonized countries are simply a reaction to the watering-down of their culture, through the influence of England.
The war in Iraq is costing the English people a fortune. It is also contributing to death and suffering of Iraqi men, women and children. Today, the war against terror is a murky thing, and many people regard this “war” as simply a device created to achieve other ends. This is a primary trigger for Anglophobia in the sphere of global politics.
Some People Dislike English Tourists
The former prosperity of England, with its far-reaching Empire, may have started the ball rolling here. Some people with this phobia resent the high standards of living and attitudes of the English. In foreign countries, English tourists may be perceived as arrogant, and unwilling to accept standards that differ from what they are used to. Much as some people in Europe and other countries perceive American tourists as “ugly Americans” due to their manners and behavior, some people see British tourists in a negative light.
English Culture May Repulse Some
Some people with this phobia are simply repulsed by the accents and culture of England. They may also be appalled by the English Royal Family, who seem to continue their reign despite a modern world that generally rejects the notion of “blue blood”. The mockery and derision that many people direct towards the British Royal Family (The House of Windsor) is based on the idea of equality. If we are all equal, then why should one family by lauded by their blood alone? The miseries and travails of the House of Windsor over the past 15 years have often triggered episodes of Anglophilia.
England is known for its Royal Family, its weakened Empire, its tea-drinking citizens, and its politics. Of course, they are also known for brilliant literature, rock ‘n’ roll, and other contributions to global culture. Whether you love or hate the English, it’s difficult to dismiss them as a force to be reckoned with.
Those with this phobia will take pains to avoid England and its citizens. They may suffer from panic attack symptoms that require medication or therapy.