Inventing Europe: Idea, Identity, Reality by G. Delanty

By G. Delanty

A severe research of the belief of Europe and the bounds and probabilities of a ecu id within the broader viewpoint of background. This e-book argues that the the most important factor is the articulation of a brand new id that's in line with post-national citizenship instead of ambivalent notions of solidarity.

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Like the East, the Roman world was a maritime civilisation based on cities and written cultures. A great network of roads and seaways connected areas as far apart as the Thames and the Euphrates. The encounter of Roman ci vilisation with the Orient did not always amount to the same clash of cultures that resulted when the Romans annexed Europe north of the Alps. It is evident, however, that Europe in Roman times referred to a geographical region comprising, approximately, most of the present continent of Europe, with the exception of Scandinavia.

This was the European myth of the West, which was in subsequent centuries to become an important part of the identity of North America in the myth of the limitless frontier of the West. And, Europe, as the Old World, became the cultural repository of the New World. The myth of European civilisation was thus given substance. In this period Europe emerged to become a clearly defined region, the centre of what Wallerstein (1974 and 1980) has called a 'world-system', and acquired an enduring identity based on its westward thrust.

The spreading of Christianity was not only halted but was put on the defensive; and within Europe itself a wedge had been driven between the Latin west and the Greek east. Moreover, later conflicts between Persia and Byzantium exhausted both empires, preparing the way for Muslim ascendancy in the peripheries of Europe. In the wake of the rise of Islam a new idea of Europe began to emerge whereby Europe came to refer to the north-western continent. With the loss of much of the Mediterranean to Islam, the Occident began to embrace the barbarian lands of the north-west.

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