European Stories: Intellectual Debates on Europe in National Contexts
Justine Lacroix, Kalypso Nicola´dis
OUP Oxford, Nov 11, 2010 - Political Science - 409 pages
European Stories takes a new look at debates about European Integration by examining the role of "public intellectuals"--political philosophers, scholars, editorialists or writers--who contribute to framing the attitude of European publics to Europe and the EU. While there is an enormous literature on the role of intellectuals considered generally or in their distinct national contexts, there is precious little on their take on European integration in the post-war period. This book is ambitious: it aims to provide an overview of how thinking about Europe is expressed within distinct epistemological contexts and how different ideological configurations are shaped across time and space. Twelve national cases have been selected--including founding and newer member EU members as well as non-member states--in order to offer a wide range of contrasting intellectual contexts. Contributors are all themselves fully immersed in the respective national public spheres although the editors have been careful to choose colleagues who are not strongly identified with a very specific and contested position on the national spectrum.
The expected readership is broad and interdisciplinary, ranging from political philosophy, to political science, history, sociology, and international relations. Hence, the volume should become a reference book for courses on European integration and European identity considered generally, as well as European history, history of ideas, and contemporary political theory. Beyond academia, it should be of interest to journalists as well as a more general readership interested either in European issues or the intellectual debates of our time. European Stories is the first book published in English on this topic and will hopefully encourage the development of further research.
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