The Woodrow Wilson Center Press
The Idea of Europe: From Antiquity to the European Union
This is a collection of fascinating essays that address European identity in terms of politics, law, religion, culture, literature, and psychology, asking what "Europe" has meant in the past, and what it will mean in the future. In the massive literature of European integration, no other book takes such a long historical perspective nor deals so directly with the question of identity.
To take just two examples: J. G. A. Pocock's contribution, "Some Europes and Their History," traces in part the location of Europe, which was originally defined as what was across the Bosporus from Asia, but by the late twentieth century was centered about fourteen hundred miles to the west in France. In another chapter, Elie Cohen asks what happens to national identity when a country gives up its national currency, under the title, "The Euro, Economic Federalism, and the Question of National Sovereignty." Other chapters study what united Europe in the medieval and early modern periods, examine notions of European selfhood, and investigate European integration and federation.
Contributors are Ariane Chebel d'Appollonia, Talal Asad, Andrés de Blas Guerrero, Hans W. Blom, Elie Cohen, Daniela Engelmann-Martin, Biancamaria Fontana, Michael Herzfeld, William Chester Jordan, Wilfried Nippel, Anthony Pagden, Luisa Passerini, J.G.A. Pocock, Thomas Risse, Philip Ruttley, and James Tully.
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Chapter 1 Europe: Conceptualizing a Continent, by Anthony Pagden
Chapter 2, Some Europes in Their History, by J.G. A. Pocock
Chapter 3, "Europe" in the Middle Ages, by William Chester Jordan
Chapter 4, The Republican Mirror: The Dutch Idea of Europe, by Hans W. Blom
Chapter 5, The Napoleonic Empire and the Europe of Nations, by Biancamaria Fontana
Chapter 6, Homo Politicus and Homo Oeconomicus: The European Citizen According to Max Weber, by Wilfried Nippel
Chapter 7 The European Self: Rethinking an Attitude, by Michael Hezfeld
Chapter 8 European Nationalism and European Union, by Ariane Chebel d'Appollonia
Chapter 9 From the Ironies of Identity to the Identities of Irony, by Luisa Passerini
Chapter 10 Muslims and European Identity: Can Europe Represent Islam? by Talal Asad
Chapter 11 The Long Road to Unity: The Contribution of Law to the Process of European Integration since 1945, by Philip Ruttley
Chapter 12 The Euro, Economic Federalism, and the Question of Natural Sovereignty, by Elie Cohen
Chapter 13 Identity Politics and European Integration: The Case of Germany, by Thomas Risse and Daniela Engelmann-Martin
Chapter 14 Nationalisms in Spain: The Organization of Convivencia, by Andrés de Blas Guerrero
Chapter 15 The Kantian Idea of Europe: Critical and Cosmopolitan Perspectives, by James Tully