This book combines perspectives from political science, history and geography to provide a comprehensive introduction to 'Europe' or European space as we understand it today.
Central to the book is the phenomenon of the sovereign state and the question of alternative ways of organizing Europe politically and economically.
The book explores four different ways of organizing space: state, union, region and network. By tracing the origins of the sovereign state in Europe, the book first reviews the resilience and adaptability of the sovereign state historically, and then looks at the implications of the contradictory processes of integration and fragmentation, or globalization and regionalization, present to
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Table of Contents
State of Mind
The Emergent State
The Resilient State
Towards an Ever Closer Union?
Places in Networks
Towards a New State of Mind