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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education
ISBN 9781403986795
Publication Date November 2015
Formats Hardcover Paperback Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave
Series 21st Century Europe

Europe is imbued with a multitude of social, cultural, economic and political meanings. The authors of this comprehensive text present an authoritative yet accessible introduction to understanding Europe today, moving beyond accounts of European integration to provide a holistic and nuanced study of contemporary Europe and its historical development.

This book explores evolving definitions of Europe from antiquity, to the Cold War, right through to Europe in the midst of the Eurozone and global financial crises. By examining the different roles and meanings that Europe has held inside and outside of the continent, including the European Union's 'branding' of Europe, the text grounds its analysis in an understanding of Europes plural. Chapters explore concepts of Europe as civilization, Europe as progress, Europe as unity and Europe as diversity.

How do Europeans think of themselves and their respective national identities in a multicultural and multi-ethnic age? How has modernity and the pre- and post-industrial values of Europe affected the Europe of now and what are the political legacies of Europe? To what extent are notions of social solidarity shared across the continent? This is the first text to systematically answer these questions, and others, in order to better determine 'what is Europe?'

Anna Triandafyllidou is Professor at the Global Governance Programme (GGP) of the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS), European University Institute, Italy.

Ruby Gropas is Research Fellow at the European University Institute, Italy. She is also Visiting Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium, and holds a Lectureship in International Relations at the Law Faculty of the Democritus University of Thrace, Greece.

1. What is Europe? An Introduction
2. The Changing Shape of Europe
3. Visions of a United Europe
4. Cultural Europe
5. European Identity – European Identities
6. The Borders and Boundaries of Europe
7. Political Europe
8. The Social Dimension of Europe
9. Global Europe
10. Europe is.


This is a very smart proposal. The topic is intrinsically interesting… The intelligence of the proposal suggests she can pull most of it off… This looks like a good bet.' – Professor Peter A. Hall, Harvard University
'A lively and interesting book… of very wide scope… should result [which] would be very useful to put into the hands of students who think that Europe is the EU.' – Professor Andrew Gamble, University of Sheffield
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