The Meaning of Europe

The Meaning of Europe

Geography and Geopolitics

Book - 1998
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& Francis Publishing

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.

Oxford University Press
Integration is the main source of political controversy in Europe. As it approaches the new millennium, its sense of unease is becoming palpable. Genuine uncertainty about its ultimate allegiances raises the most basic and divisive of human inquiries: who am I and where do I belong? Charting the changing idea of Europe from the Renaissance to the present day, this book provides a critical genealogy of the European project over several centuries, with particular attention to the last hundred years. It takes as its principal theme the continuing tension between two rival geopolitical tendencies - the nationalist forces of disintegration and localism on the one hand, and the impulse towards greater integration, co-operation on the other - to provide a consideration of what Europe has meant in the past and what it might mean in the future.

Publisher: London : Arnold, 1998
ISBN: 9780340580189
Branch Call Number: 911.4 Hef
Characteristics: viii, 294 p. : maps


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