The term Anglophobia is formed with the prefix Anglo- (referring to “English”) and the noun phobia (rejection of something or someone). Anglophobia, therefore, is a phobia that is experienced in front of the English.
An ingrained rejection
Who has Anglophobia feels disgust or rejection of that or that which is originally from England. Usually this position is reflected in a animadversion to the culture english or the village of said nation.
Anglophobia often spreads socially from historical events or from politics applied by the English authorities. For people who are not aware of the historical events that led certain countries to feel Anglophobia, this stance of rejection may seem arbitrary or exaggerated; And it is that in most cases they are events of the remote past, which do not reflect the actions or ideas of present-day England but of the British Empire.
In the case of Argentina, there is a marked Anglophobia in much of the society due to the conflict that exists around Falkland Islands, called Falkland Islands by the British. According to the position of the South American country, Falkland Islands they belong to their national territory for historical and geographical reasons, with which they should be administered by the Argentine State. The English, on the other hand, consider the archipelago to be part of the United Kingdom by history and, in fact, they rule that island region as a British Overseas Territory. On Argentina, Anglophobia was strengthened after the war of 1982.
On Ireland there is also an intense Anglophobia born from the domination exercised by the English for many centuries and from persecution motivated by religious reasons. Anglophobia also appears in Quebec, Province French-speaking Canadian who suffered the consequences of the English conquest of New france at century XVIII.
Australia, for its part, is one of the countries in which Anglophobia occurs more markedly. At first glance, since they speak the same language, they share some customs and they drive to the right, it may appear that they are related lands. However, we must not forget that the British Empire used Australia as a space to banish and imprison convicted criminals throughout the 18th century, which led to a European invasion to the detriment of the local aborigines.
At the other extreme we have Spain, the country in which less Anglophobia can be seen from this list. Although there are certain historical events fueled this rejection, at present it is attributed especially to the large volume of English people who visit Spain for tourism purposes and, according to numerous complaints, they behave in a disrespectful way.
Antonym of «anglophilia»
Although Anglophobia is widespread, we must not forget that there is an opposite phenomenon, Anglophilia. It is precisely an admiration for English culture or people. As with the previous one, this term is used in many countries, although the characteristic particular of each manifestation are different. For example, in the United States it is used to refer to the English influence that can be seen in the East Coast, New York and New England.
This is reflected in different areas of life, such as the customs of society, business or political organization, although it can also simply be a pure and spontaneous admiration. Some people have such a deep taste for all things England that they prefer it to their own; for example, they come to feel that English culture is higher to yours. In other cases, Anglophilia manifests itself as a love of English history.