The Idea of Europe: From Antiquity to the European Union

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This book addresses the question of what it means, and has meant, to be "European," covering the period from Antiquity to the end of the twentieth century. The essays discuss questions of politics, law, religion, culture, literature, and even affectivity in a broad account of how a distinctive European identity has grown over the centuries and its place in the future evolution of the European Union. In the massive literature of European integration, no other book takes such a long historical perspective, and none other deals directly with the question of identity.

Anthony Pagden, J. G. A. Pocock, William Chester Jordan, Hans Blom, Biancamaria Fontana, Wilfried Nippel, Michael Herzfeld, Ariane Chebel d'Appollonia, Luisa Passerini, Talal Asad, Philip Ruttley Elie Cohen, Thomas Risse, Daniela Engelmann-Martin, Andrds de Blas Guerrero, James Tully

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Fifteen essays written by government advisors as well as university professors in anthropology, history, political science, and social science address the question of whether there is a collective "idea" of Europe as a political and cultural domain. Ranging in time from the ancient world to the present, topics include "Europe" in the Middle Ages, the European citizen according to Max Weber, and Muslims and European identity. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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"All of these thought-provoking essays raise critical and often unanswerable questions. Their immersion in theory means that the intellectual fruits require time to digest, but the diversity of perspectives provides a valuable testing ground to any reader who claims to understand Europe. Highly recommended for graduate students and faculty." Choice
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Europe: Conceptualizing a Continent 33
2 Some Europes in Their History 55
3 "Europe" in the Middle Ages 72
4 The Republican Mirror: The Dutch Idea of Europe 91
5 The Napoleonic Empire and the Europe of Nations 116
6 Homo Politicus and Homo Oeconomicus: The European Citizen According to Max Weber 129
7 The European Self: Rethinking an Attitude 139
8 European Nationalism and European Union 171
9 From the Ironies of Identity to the Identities of Irony 191
10 Muslims and European Identity: Can Europe Represent Islam? 209
11 The Long Road to Unity: The Contribution of Law to the Process of European Integration since 1945 228
12 The Euro, Economic Federalism, and the Question of National Sovereignty 260
13 Identity Politics and European Integration: The Case of Germany 287
14 Nationalisms in Spain: The Organization of Convivencia 317
15 The Kantian Idea of Europe: Critical and Cosmopolitan Perspectives 331
Contributors 359
Index 363
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