Geopolitics in Post-Wall Europe

Geopolitics in Post-Wall Europe : Security, Territory and Identity

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The fall of the Berlin Wall symbolized a dramatic turning point in the history of European politics and security. Geopolitics in Post-Wall Europe highlights the new relations between politics, culture and territory. It analyzes the major geopolitical shifts in the connection between security and identity.

Part One covers the general geopolitical tendencies in Europe, including conflicts between `culturism' and universalism, between national-romantic primordialism and cosmopolitan post-national identities, and between territory and escape from territory. Part Two deals with potential tensions between Russia and Europe and the possible emergence of a new European `wall' between an extended NATO on the one hand, and Russia and the CIS on the other. Part Three focuses on the borderland between Europe, Russia and the Muslim world, with particular emphasis on the former Yugoslavia as a site of conflict between new `metaphorical empires'.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 17.78mm | 450g
  • Thousand Oaks, United States
  • English
  • 076195550X
  • 9780761955504
  • 2,765,626

Table of contents

Introduction - Ola Tunander
Post-Cold War Europe - Ola Tunander
A Synthesis of a Bipolar Friend-Foe Structure and a Hierarchic Cosmos-Chaos Structure?
Obstinate and Obsolete - Pierre Hassner
Non-Territorial Transnational Forces versus the European Territorial State
Imperial Metaphors - Ole Waever
Emerging European Analogies to Pre-Nation-State Imperial Systems
Nation States and Empires in the Current Process of European Change - Uffe [sl]Ostergaard
Europe's Relations with the Muslim World - Shireen T Hunter
Emerging Patterns of Conflict and Cooperation
The Geopolitics of Delineating `Russia' and `Europe' - Iver B Neumann
The Creation of the `Other' in European and Russian Tradition
Russia's Departure from Empire - Pavel K Baev
Self-Assertiveness and a New Retreat
Possible Scenarios for Geopolitical Shift in Russian-European Relations - Yuriy Borko
The New Balance of Power in South-Eastern Europe - Christopher Cviic
Notes Towards a Provisional Assessment
Lasting Peace in Bosnia? Politics of Territory and Identity - Victoria Ingrid Einagel
Concluding Remarks - Edward Mortimer
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`The analyses are wide-ranging, anti-determinist and sensitive to culture and accident. None crudely computes power. The book is a product of passion and commitment... This makes the essays refreshing, engaging and instructive in a way unattainable by pretended objectivity' - International Affairs

`This volume is an ambitious attempt to rethink the ways in which Europe is portrayed in the discipline of International Relations... The project offers some interesting contemporary material, and some excellent individual chapters.... The contemporary examples and its eschewal of a statist framework of analysis make the book worth our attention' - Millennium - Journal of International Studies
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About Ola Tunander

Pavel Baev is a Senior Researcher and Head of Section at the Institute of Europe, Russian Academy of Sciences. He has written this book while on sabbatical leave as a researcher at the International Peace Research Institute, Oslo. He was previously a Senior Researcher at the Scientific-Research Institute of the Soviet Ministry of Defence, 1979 to 1988. His publications include Tactical Nuclear Weapons in Europe: The Problem of Reduction and Elimination. He is co-editor of the quarterly journal Security Dialogue.
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