Inventing Europe: idea, identity, reality. Front Cover. Gerard Delanty. Macmillan, – History – Bibliographic information. QR code for Inventing Europe. I{ETlllNKlNC IRTSH HISTORy (with patrick O’Mahony). Inventing Europe. Idea, Identity, Reality. Gerard Delanty. Senior LÄ›crurer in Sociology. U niversity of Liver . Inventing Europe: Idea, Identity, Reality, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke,

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Dekanty 1DuroselleFoersterGollwitzerHeatherde Rougement and Voyenneto mention the more significant ones. The idea of Europe’s historical uniqueness and autonomy begins to emerge in the face of opposition.

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For over a thousand years the sycophants at Rome succeeded in maintaining the dualism of civilisation ver- sus barbarism as an antithesis between Christians and infidels. Whilst this is convincing, it is also little that is new to us, even in the s when the piece was written, and hasn’t been new to us since Said.

This was strengthened by the Habsburgs, who, though ostensibly Germans, were in reality more of a European house. This enduring division, which has shaped the face of Europe until the present day, was also reflect- ed in the schism within the Christian church itself, whose two halves spoke different languages and eventually acquired different cultural and ecclesias- tical customs Chadwick.

The adoption of Christianity in northern Europe – complete with the con- version of the western Slavs in the twelfth century – facilitated the emergence of a new and wider civilisation in the lands of the Carolingian empire Christiansen. We often forget that the culture and civilisation of the Occident owes its origin to the Orient.

For Plato dwlanty The Republicp. This is illustrated by the fact than in the thirteenth century there had been consider- able contact between Europe and the Orient. The book has been written in the manner of a critical intervention in the contemporary debate on the meaning of Europe.


EliotEdmund Husserl and Paul Valery believed – the unity of an essentially European tradition is a pervasive assumption underlying contemporary visions of Europe. In this transformation a new being was born: This will, I hope, have the additional value of demystifying the notion of the unity of Europe as a inventlng region with its roots in classical culture, the idea expressed by T.

Ethno-culturalism was in general focused on other reference points: It is a unifying theme which links the macro-level of economic and global frameworks to the cultural reproduction of the life-world and enhances the inventong ity of the former.

As such it has tend-: Throughout the Middle Ages the German rulers contended for a hege- monic concept of European mastery with the invention of the Holy Roman Empire. The idea of Europe gave to medieval Christendom a sense of territorial unity, though not a specific identity. A model of citizenship based on participation and solidarity is crucial in this respect. Hellas was seen as the land of culture and civilisation and beyond it was barbarism.

The Greek, or Byzantine, church became increasingly identified with the Orient.

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The limits and sibility of the European idea as a basis of collective identity is what this book is about. The cultural space for the formation of an autonomous discourse of Europe had not yet formed. With the exception of China, the only cultures that ever challenged this were eventually either defeated or assimilated. Only by means of a commitment to a post-national European citizenship can the idea of Europe be divested of its cultural ambivalence. Jl can be seen the emblem and central organising metaphor of a complex civilisation.

By deconstructing the myth of the unity of The Ambivalence of Europe: Since the idea of Europe is not a mysterious substance float- ing above the real world of society and history.


So the European idea is not just only a hegemon- ic idea; it should be seen as a totalising idea that collapses at the point of becoming hegemonic. Up until the six- teenth century there were several world-sy stems, of which the European was relatively insignificant Braudel, Other reflections tend to be of an impressionistic nature Barzini, ; Enzenberger, ; Kramer, inventin, ; Nooteboom, ; Phillips, Troy, the cra- dle of the Occident, for instance, was cast of the Dardanelles. It was at most a region and not a continent in the geo-political sense of the term: Yet, even these suffer from a lack of contemporary relevance and often tend to be uncriti- cal.

Europe and Occident became synonyms for Christendom Wallach, dslanty In comparison to China it was technologically backward Needham, Like the Greeks before them, the Romans never had a strong sense of a European identity, possibly because parts of the Roman empire were spread over non-European territory and did not include much of the northern pans of the continent.

Dlanty a very early stage in its history Europe failed to develop a geo-polit- ical framework capable of integrating Latin and Greek Christianity into a unitary civilisation. The threat was no longer from the barbarian tribes of the north who had been attacking the Roman Empire since the fifth century, but from Islam. Only delantg the High Middle Ages c.

I shall attempt to show bow it is interpolated in concrete configurations of power and their geo-political complexes.