Central Europe and the European Union [NOOK Book]

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In this volume thirteen specialists of Central European history and politics inquire into the meaning of Europe by examining three themes related to the region's historical experience and the accession process in the EU. The first concerns Central Europe as a whole and seeks an answer to the question what relations the Central European nations had with Western Europe in the past, especially when their own development was subjected to a different rhythm and form. The second theme is the legacy of the national ...
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Overview

In this volume thirteen specialists of Central European history and politics inquire into the meaning of Europe by examining three themes related to the region's historical experience and the accession process in the EU. The first concerns Central Europe as a whole and seeks an answer to the question what relations the Central European nations had with Western Europe in the past, especially when their own development was subjected to a different rhythm and form. The second theme is the legacy of the national state in Central Europe, namely national symbols, how they were created, what meaning they acquired, and their contemporary relevance. The third theme examines some of the challenges of EU membership as a result of the incredibly rapid process of joining the EU that seemed to sweep in its wake a number of important historical questions that had been on the domestic agenda of the Central European states for decades. This volume makes an important contribution to our understanding of the ongoing debate on the meaning of Europe.
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STANISLAV J. KIRSCHBAUM is Professor of International Studies at York University, Glendon College in Toronto, Canada and a specialist on Central European politics. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

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Table of Contents


Preface     vii
General Editor's Preface     viii
Contributors     xiii
Chronology     xvi
Maps of Europe     xix
Introduction   Stanislav J. Kirschbaum     1
Whence Central Europe?     9
European Roots: the Case of Slovakia   Stanislav J. Kirschbaum     11
Federalism in Central Europe: Past and Present   Francesco Leoncini     23
Toward an Open Society: Reflections on the 1989 Revolution in Eastern Europe   Oskar Gruenwald     32
The Legacy of the National State     61
The Secularized Cult of St Stephen in Modern Hungary   Juliane Brandt     63
The Quest for a Symbol - Wenceslas and the Czech State   Stefan Samerski     81
Moldavian Prince Stephen and Romania   Krista Zach     92
The Invention of Modern Poland: Pilsudski and the Politics of Symbolism   Mieczyslaw B.B. Biskupski     102
An Ethnic Poland: a Failure of National Self-determination   John J. Kulczycki     123
The Challenges of EU Membership     143
Intellectual and Political 'Europe': Rupture or Continuity in Central Europe?   Basak Z. Alpan     145
Euroscepticism in CentralEurope   Laure Neumayer     159
Europeanization and Gender Equality in the Czech Republic and Slovakia   Ingrid Roder     179
Poland and the EU Constitutional Convention   An Schrijvers     189
The EU and Interculturality in Croatia after 2000   Mojmir Krizan     215
Conclusion   Stanislav J. Kirschbaum     237
Index     249
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