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What is Europe? Who is European? And how is the very idea of Europe created?

Looking at its past, present and future, this interdisciplinary book provides a comprehensive introduction to Europe. It discusses the key issues in European politics, culture and society, and provides a historical overview of the creation of the idea of Europe, with particular attention to the process of European integration.

Section one examines the historical roots of Europe, from its Graeco-Roman heritage and Christian traditions, to the creation of the European Union. Section two looks at key ideas such as political integration, the common market, and issues of European citizenship. Section three focuses on the concept of European identity, and discusses issues of ethnicity and gender, while Section four concludes with a discussion of issues of justice, human rights and the role of European courts.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780340763711
  • Publisher: Hodder Education Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/27/2002
  • Series: A Hodder Arnold Publication
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Part 1 Historical Roots
The Graeco-Roman heritage and the Christian heritage
Europe of nation-states
United States of Europe: the dawn of a 'new Europe'
The importance of history in constructing the idea of Europe
Part 2 Ideas of Europe
Political Europe
Economic Europe
Social Europe
Part 3 Identities and Ideologies
Multiple European identities: gender, ethnicity and ideology
Inclusion and exclusions: the construction of identities in Europe
Part 4 Popular Images and Controversial Issues
Popular images of European integration: constructing a European ideal, or reinforcing national diversity
Justice in Europe
Integrating Europe, disintegrating the state: European identities and ideas of Europe.
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