Reflections on Europe: Defining a Political Order in Time and Space

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Hans-Åke Persson, Bo Stråth
Peter Lang, 2007 - History - 426 pages
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When Dutch and subsequently French voters rejected the Draft Treaty for a Constitution for Europe in Spring 2005, many voices called for a pause for reflection. This book is, in part, a result of that moment of reflection. We wanted to contribute to the debate about Europe but crucially, we sought to do so by taking a step back from the problem formation and agenda-setting of Brussels. For the authors of this volume, one key to establishing critical distance has been the reappraisal of the historical perspective. Another has been the problematisation of 'Europe as a space' as opposed to looking for a definition of borders. The authors also seek critical distance through a focus on the tension between Europe as a culture, as a polity and as an economy. These tensions have often been neglected or even ignored and the relationships have been seen as more or less synonymous and harmonious. The aim of this volume, then, is two-fold. It wants, developing a critical distance to the present Europe, to contribute to the vivid academic research and debate on Europe, which too often either develops distance without commenting on the present state of affairs or comments on the present without critical distance.

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Universal Monarchy the Rights of War and Peace
Reflections on the Changing Forms
Caught between Past and Future
Europe in the American Mirror Problems
The Political the Social and the Economic
Europe and Its Histories
Europe and Religion in the Framework
The Orthodox and the Modern
EUs Southern Others in Space and Time
European Borders
Europe as Living Boundaries
From German Schdnwitz to Polish Karczow
Epilogue Romancing the Prose of the World

The EU and the European Public Sphere
Europe Rivers and Trams

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The Editors: Hans-Åke Persson is professor in modern European history at Roskilde University in Denmark. His is currently also attached to Malmö University in Sweden. His focus has been on the following themes: international migration, Refugee policies, European studies, international conflicts, ethnicity and national questions, transnational regional projects.
Bo Stråth is professor of contemporary history at European University Institute in Florence. He was 1990-1996 professor of history at Gothenburg University. His research focuses on modernity of Europe in global comparison.

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