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Germanophilia (also: Teutonophilia) literally means love or friendship of Germans or Germany. The opposite of Germanophilia is the anti-German sentiment known as Germanophobia.



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The anti-German sentiment of "Germanophobia" (or Teutonophobia / Teutophobia) is a mental disorder and is defined as an opposition to or fear of Germany, its inhabitants, its culture and the German language.


The origin of the word combines Germano (which is the prefix used for Germanic or Germany) with phobia, which is Greek (meaning fear). Germanophobia is considered to be a social phobia, it is believed that heredity, genetics, and brain chemistry combine with life-experiences to play a major role in the development of phobias.

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Further reading

  • Michael F. Connors The Development of Germanophobia
  • Peter Watson: The German Genius: Europe's Third Renaissance, the Second Scientific Revolution and the Twentieth Century, Simon & Schuster UK (2011), ISBN 978-1416526155
  • Ben Donald: Springtime for Germany: Or How I Learned to Love Lederhosen, Brown Book Group (2007), ISBN 978-0316732475
  • Paul Smith: German Secrets: Achtung to Zeitgeist, 2009, ISBN 978-3839192290
  • Kuno Francke: German Ideals of Today, Adamant Media Corporation (2005), ISBN 978-1402198359
  • Walter John Morris: John Quincy Adams, Germanophile, Pennsylvania State University (1963)
  • Arthur Coleman Danto, Jean-Marie Schaeffer and Steven Rendall: Art of the Modern Age: Philosophy of Art from Kant to Heidegger, Princeton University (2000)
  • Norton Fausto Garfield: Germanophile: Culture of Germany, Anti-German sentiment, Romanticism, Philhellenism, Anim Publishing (2012), ISBN 978-620-1-97988-8
  • Stefan Zeidenitz: The Xenophobe's Guide to the Germans, Oval Books (2008), ISBN 978-1906042332
  • Cathy Dobson: Planet Germany, Grosvenor House Publishing (2007), ISBN 978-1906210489
  • Steven Somers: Those Crazy Germans!: A Lighthearted Guide to Germany, Xlibris (2008), ISBN 978-1436335201