Europe in Crisis: Intellectuals and the European Idea, 1917-1957

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The period between 1917 and 1957, starting with the birth of the USSR and the American intervention in the First World War and ending with the Treaty of Rome, is of the utmost importance for contextualizing and understanding the intellectual origins of the European Community. During this time of “crisis,” many contemporaries, especially intellectuals, felt they faced a momentous decision which could bring about a radically different future. The understanding of what Europe was and what it should be was questioned...

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Overview

The period between 1917 and 1957, starting with the birth of the USSR and the American intervention in the First World War and ending with the Treaty of Rome, is of the utmost importance for contextualizing and understanding the intellectual origins of the European Community. During this time of “crisis,” many contemporaries, especially intellectuals, felt they faced a momentous decision which could bring about a radically different future. The understanding of what Europe was and what it should be was questioned in a profound way, forcing Europeans to react. The idea of a specifically European unity finally became, at least for some, a feasible project, not only to avoid another war but to avoid the destruction of the idea of European unity. This volume reassesses the relationship between ideas of Europe and the European project and reconsiders the impact of long and short-term political transformations on assumptions about the continent’s scope, nature, role, and significance.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780857457271
  • Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/15/2012
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Hewitson is Senior Lecturer in German History and Politics and Chair of the Centre for European Studies at University College London. His publications include books on National Identity and Political Thought in Germany (OUP, 2000), Germany and the Causes of the First World War (Berg, 2004), Nationalism in Germany, 1848-1866 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010) and What is a Nation? Europe, 1789-1914 (OUP, 2006, co-edited with Timothy Baycroft).

Matthew D’Auria is completing his PhD in history at University College London, where he has taught European history, and social and political thought. He has published various studies of the relationship between nationalism and internationalism in the history of European political thought from the eighteenth to the mid-twentieth century. He is currently a Research Fellow at the University of Salerno.

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