Formations of European Modernity: A Historical and Political Sociology of Europe

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Formations of European Modernity seeks to provide an interpretation of the idea of Europe through an analysis of the course of European history. It aims to discover the structure of qualitative shifts in the relation between state, society and individual, how they occurred and what were their consequences for the formation of social and culture structures for European history. The book makes a major contribution to the debate on the idea of Europe and offers an interdisciplinary approach drawing especially from ...

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Overview

Formations of European Modernity seeks to provide an interpretation of the idea of Europe through an analysis of the course of European history. It aims to discover the structure of qualitative shifts in the relation between state, society and individual, how they occurred and what were their consequences for the formation of social and culture structures for European history. The book makes a major contribution to the debate on the idea of Europe and offers an interdisciplinary approach drawing especially from history, sociology and political theory, but also from geography and anthropology.

The theoretical objective of is to make sense of the course of European history through an account of the formation of a European cultural model that emerges out of the legacies of the inter-civilizational background. It considers how in relation to this cultural model a societal structure takes shape. The tension between both gives form to Europe's path to modernity and defines the specificity of its heritage. The structuring process that has shaped Europe made possible a model of modernity that has placed a strong emphasis on the values of social justice and solidarity. These values have been reflectively appropriated in different periods to produce different interpretations, societal outcomes and a multiplicity of projects of modernity.

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'This sophisticated book places Europe in an inter-civilizational frame that underlines the themes of plurality and pluralism, identifies the processes of Europe's distinctive modernity, and inquires into current European promises and discontents. Avoiding perspectives that are excessively flat or filled only with nooks and crannies Delanty's subtle arguments about Europe highlight the intersections with and differences from a global context of modernity and other cultural and social complexes that are also marked by processes of coevolution.' - Peter J. Katzenstein, Walter S. Carpenter, Jr. Professor of International Studies, Cornell University, US

'This book is truly - as Delanty claims - more than a simple updating of his highly influential Inventing Europe (1992). Europe is now seen in a more fully comparative and theoretical perspective, still partly constructed by ideological opposition to others but also formed by an active and productive engagement with them. European modernity meets other modernities, European identity comes up against an emerging cosmopolitanism that challenges many of the European Union's projects. This is an incisive and invaluable account, one that will not simply serve the needs of students and commentators on Europe but will also set the parameters of debates about Europe's future.' - Krishan Kumar, Professor of Sociology, University of Virginia, US

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781137287908
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 7/15/2013
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Gerard Delanty is Professor of Sociology, University of Sussex, UK. He is the author of the Cosmopolitan Imagination and editor of the Handbook of Cosmopolitanism Studies.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: A Theoretical Framework
PART I: SOURCES OF THE EUROPEAN HERITAGE
1. The European Inter-Civilizational Constellation
2. The Greco-Roman and Judaic Legacies
3. Christianity in the Making of Europe
4. The Byzantine Legacy and Russia
5. The Islamic World and Islam in Europe
PART II: THE EMERGENCE OF MODERNITY
6. The Renaissance and the Rise of the West Revisited
7. Unity and Division in Early Modern European History: The Emergence of a Westernized Europe
8. The Enlightenment and European Modernity: The Rise of the Idea of Europe
9. The Rise of the Nation-State and the Allure of Empire: Between Nationalism and Cosmopolitanism
10. The Historical Regions of Europe: Civilizational Backgrounds and Multiple Routes to Modernity
11. Europe in the Short Twentieth Century: Conflicting Projects of Modernity
PART III: THE PRESENT AND ITS DISCONTENTS
12. Europe Since 1989: Nationalism, Cosmopolitanism and Globalization
13. Age of Austerity: Contradictions of Capitalism and Democracy
14. The European Heritage as a Conflict of Interpretations
Conclusion: Europe – a Defence

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