Imagining Europe

Imagining Europe : Myth, Memory, and Identity

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In Imagining Europe, Chiara Bottici and Benoit Challand explore the formation of modern European identity. Europe has not always been there, although we have been imagining it for quite some time. Even after the birth of a polity called the European Union, the meaning of Europe remained a very much contested topic. What is Europe? What are its boundaries? Is there a specific European identity or is the EU just the name for a group of institutions? This book answers these questions, showing that in Europe's formation, myth and memory, although distinct, are often merged in a common attempt to construct an identity for its present and its future. In a time when Europe is facing an existential crisis, when its meaning is being questioned, Imagining Europe explores a vital and often unacknowledged aspect of the European more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 15 b/w illus. 2 maps 7 tables
  • 1139059017
  • 9781139059015

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'The book reveals how identity and legitimacy are interconnected: identity conditioning legitimacy and memory constructing European identity. Imagining Europe acknowledges that Europe is often divided into north-south or east-west perspectives.' Emilia Palonen, European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology 'Imagining Europe offers an incisive critique of the limited success experienced by the European Union (EU), and its earlier incarnations, at generating a widespread sense of European identity.' Martin Hurcombe, The European Legacyshow more

Table of contents

Introduction; Part I. Memory and Identity: 1. Europe, identity, and legitimacy; 2. European identity and the politics of remembrance; 3. East and West: divided memories in a united Europe; Part II. Myth and Identity: 4. Myths of Europe; 5. Europe's significant others: the Cold War and beyond; 6. From sickle to crescent: religion and European identity; more

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