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The History of the Idea of Europe : What Is Europe? (Paperback) - Jan Van der Dussen

The History of the Idea of Europe

What Is Europe? (Paperback)

By: Jan Van der Dussen (Editor), Kevin Wilson (Editor)

Paperback Published: 30th March 1995
ISBN: 9780415124157
Number Of Pages: 223

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With the collapse of the Soviet Union, the re-emergence of central Europe and moves towards monetary, economic and political union within the European Union, Europe in the 1990s is at a crossroads. But what does Europe, and being European mean? What kind of Europe are we building and why? How does this new Europe relate to the Europe of the past? This book puts the idea of Europe in its historical context, tracing it back to the ancient Greeks and their association of Europe with political freedom. From this starting point the first essay shows how Europe became identified with Christendom in the fifteenth century and with 'civilisation' in the eighteenth, before being used by nineteenth-century reformers and reactionaries for their different political purposes. Twentieth century developments are the focus for discussion in the last two essays. A number of 'projects' for Europe are examined against the background of the two world wars, consideration is given to recent trends towards political and economic integration and an assessment is offered of the contemporary relevance of the European idea. Pim den Boer, University of Amsterdam, Peter Bugge, Aarhus University, Denmark and Ole Waever, Centre for Peace and Conflict Research, Copenhagen

General preface to 'What is Europe?'p. 7
Introduction to Book 1p. 9
Europe to 1914: The making of an ideap. 13
Europe and Antiquityp. 14
Europe in biblical commentaryp. 19
Europe and the Middle Agesp. 26
Europe and Christendomp. 32
European rulers and the balance of powerp. 38
Representations of Europep. 44
The civilization of Europep. 58
1789-1848: different ideas of Europep. 65
Europe in the grip of nationalism (1848-1941)p. 75
Europe 1914-1945: the nation supremep. 83
The nation supreme: the idea of Europe 1914-1945p. 84
Projects for Europep. 88
Perceptions of Europep. 113
Europe since 1945: crisis to renewalp. 151
Europe in the hands of the receiverp. 151
Europe as a common destiny?p. 175
The idea of Europep. 202
Acknowledgementsp. 215
Notes on contributorsp. 215
Indexp. 217
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ISBN: 9780415124157
ISBN-10: 0415124158
Series: What Is Europe? (Paperback)
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 223
Published: 30th March 1995
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.61 x 18.9  x 1.19
Weight (kg): 0.41
Edition Number: 1