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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

European Identity

A Historical Reader

ISBN 9780230243286
Publication Date November 2013
Formats Hardcover Ebook Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave

What is Europe? A continent? A political institution? A cultural community? Bringing together 101 key texts on the theme of European identity, this reader provides essential insights into the idea of 'Europe', from 450 BC to the twenty first century. The only collection of its kind in English, it includes rare and newly translated material alongside classic texts from antiquity and the Enlightenment, from figures as diverse as Aristotle, Immanuel Kant, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Winston Churchill and Julia Kristeva. Space is also given to views of Europe from the outside, including Asian, African, Latin American, US and Caribbean authors. With an introductory overview, notes on each text, and a guide to further reading, Alex Drace-Francis brings issues of European identity into sharp relief for both teachers and students of European history, geography, culture and politics.

ALEX DRACE-FRANCIS is Associate Professor in Modern European Literary and Cultural History at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, having previously taught at the Universities of London and Liverpool. He has published widely on European literary, cultural and political history.

Introduction: What is Europe?
Middle Ages
Further Reading


This source collection will fill a major gap in the market. The coverage of a wider time span is one of the great strengths of the book. It forces the reader to think in terms of a longue durée that transcends the usual epochal barriers of medieval, early modern and late modern history.' – Riccardo Bavaj, University of St Andrews, UK
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