This book combines perspectives from political science, history and geography to provide a comprehensive introduction to ‘Europe’ or European space as we understand it today. Central to the book is the phenomenon of the sovereign state and the question of alternative ways of organizing Europe politically and economically. The book explores four different ways of organizing space: state, union, region and network.
Chapter 1: State of Mind
State of Mind
All human perception is selective. We all process information through preexisting ‘knowledge structures’ – systems of schematized and abstracted knowledge which scientists tend to label ‘belief systems’ or ‘schemata’ when referring to people they study, ‘theories’ when referring to their own scientific activity and ...