The Meaning of Europe
variety and contention within and among nations
|Subject||Boundaries. -- fast -- (OCoLC)fst00837076
Civilization. -- fast -- (OCoLC)fst00862898
Europäische Integration. -- swd
Europese integratie. -- gtt
Historiography. -- fast -- (OCoLC)fst00958221
HISTORY. -- bisacsh
Intellectual life. -- fast -- (OCoLC)fst00975769
Natievorming. -- gtt
National characteristics, European.
National characteristics, European. -- fast -- (OCoLC)fst01033419
Nationale identiteit. -- gtt
Politics and culture -- Europe -- History.
Politics and culture. -- fast -- (OCoLC)fst01069952
Politique et culture -- Europe -- Histoire.
Mention the word Europe in today's society and you are greeted with a range of responses, from impassioned debate, to scepticism and outright hostility. Yet long before the emergence of the modern European Union, the concept of Europe played a vital role in the creation of national identity. This book considers the wealth of contemporary and historical attitudes towards Europe and how these vary both within and between nation-states. Why are some countries 'Europhiles' whilst others are 'Europhobic'? How has Europe alternately been perceived as a threat to local culture and identity or as the core of nation-building? Why are individual responses to Europe so diverse? Comparing and contrasting experiences from twelve very different countries, the authors explore the multitude of ways in which established national discourses are reconciled with an emerging identity within the EU. In doing so, this book makes an important contribution to what has proved to be one of the most controversial and heated debates of our time.