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.

Towards an Ever Closer Union?

Towards an ever closer union?

As we have seen, the state has come to be perceived as the natural entity since 1648, and the nation-state as its desirable manifestation in our century. However, in a longer historical perspective empires or unions of state-like entities have been more prominent. An argument can be made that ‘laminated ...

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