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This book argues that the crucial issue is the articulation of a new identity that is based on post-national citizenship rather than ambivalent notions of unity. Product details Format Paperback pages Dimensions x x Illustrations note XI, p. Back cover copy This book is about how every age invented the idea of Europe in the mirror of its own identity: Europe is as much an idea as it is a reality, but it is also a contested idea and it was in adversity that European identity was constructed as a dichotomy of Self and Other.
The book analyses the origins and development of the idea of Europe as a social construction from the earliest times to the present. Its challenging thesis is that the European idea has lent itself to a politics of division and exclusion, which has been disguised by superficial notions of unity.
Table of contents The ambivalence of Europe - a theoretical introduction; the origins of the idea of Europe; the westernization of Europe; the limits of Europe - the shifting frontier; Europe in the age of modernity; Europe in the mirror of the Orient; the crisis of European identity; Europe as a Cold War construction; Europe after the Cold War; conclusion - towards post-national citizenship.
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Inventing Europe: Idea, Identity, Reality
The first of his numerous books, Inventing Europe: Idea, Identity, Reality was a significant, timely and challenging contribution to the European discourse. Almantas Samalavicius asks Delanty to revisit the ideas set forward in this thought-provoking, polemical work. The Lithuanian translation appeared in and since then it has been frequently quoted and referred to in academic discussions on a wide range of issues about the past, present and the future of Europe — which, as we all know, has become rather vague and somewhat confused. Do you feel that you need to reconsider or develop any of its claims beyond the original scope of your concerns? Gerard Delanty: Despite its success, the book has some shortcomings; indeed, these shortcomings are probably the reason for its success. The basic argument of the book was stated in too polemical terms.