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The Meaning of Europe: Geography and Geopolitics / Edition 1
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The Meaning of Europe: Geography and Geopolitics / Edition 1

by Michael Heffernan
 

ISBN-10: 0340580186

ISBN-13: 9780340580189

Pub. Date: 04/04/2000

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

The hope of building an united Europe has exercised the imagination of poets, politicians and scholars for many centuries. Recent debates about the European project reflect much older concerns about the scale on which government, citizenship and sovereignty should operate. The on-going controversy about European unity ultimately stems from highly personal

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The hope of building an united Europe has exercised the imagination of poets, politicians and scholars for many centuries. Recent debates about the European project reflect much older concerns about the scale on which government, citizenship and sovereignty should operate. The on-going controversy about European unity ultimately stems from highly personal questions: who I am and where do I belong?

This book charts the development of the European idea from the Renaissance to the present day, with particular reference to the last hundred years. It examines and questions the European debate and seeks to lay bare the often unexamined territorial assumptions which have informed discussions about Europe's nature, extent and geopolitical order. Placing recent European controversies in their appropriate historical and geographical contexts, it provides a critical reading of the European idea, past, present and future.ast and what it might mean in the future.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780340580189
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
04/04/2000
Series:
Arnold Publication Ser.
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
0.04(w) x 0.04(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Chapter 1 - Europe: the historical geography of an idea
Introduction
Christian Europe: the origins of modern territoriality
Secular europe: the balance of power
Europe and its others: civilisational geopolitics
People, nation, empire: the geopolitics of the masses
Summary
Chapter 2 - Who is europe? Fin-de-siecle geopolitics
Introduction
The best of times? Paris in the spring
The end of europe: Eurasia and the geographical pivot
A German alternative: Mitteleuropa
Empire and the east: Germany's Lebensraum
The Russian realm: Pan-Slavism
Europe and its peoples: racial geopolitics
The scientific frontier
A regional Utopia
Summary
Chapter 3 - Land and power: the geopolitics of peace and war
Introduction
After the deluge...business as usual
Europe reborn: the pan-europa movement
Radical regionalism
The Weimar critiques: the geopolitics of resentment
Nuova Civilta: Italian fascism and the idea of Europe
Beyond the revolution: the Bolshevik critique
The rape of europa
Resistance and the European idea
Summary
Chapter 4 - The European ideal? United in division, divided in unity
Introduction
Cold war geopolitics
East is east and west is west
European ideals and realities
L'Europe des patries
The dilemmas od division
Hope springs eternal
The sadness of geography
Summary
Conclusion.

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