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.

The Emergent State

The emergent state

While all forms of organization, from hunter–gatherer tribes to empires and states, occupy a certain space, they are predicated on and defined by territorial parameters to varying degrees. The modern state is an archetypically territorial entity, and the division of the world into mutually exclusive ...

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