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The Handbook promotes the increasing diversity of perspectives employed in the study of contemporary Europe and EU integration is situated in the context of Europe’s transformations. It offers balanced coverage of political, social, economic, cultural and institutional dimensions of Europe. It includes chapters by many leading authorities: Beck, Calhoun, della Porta, Offe, Paasi, Rosamund and Tilly. Multi-disciplinary in organization, inclusive in coverage, and cutting-edge in scope, the Handbook is a landmark resource for anyone interested in European Studies.

Europe as a Postemotional Idea – or, ‘Upon Us All There Still Lies “the Curse of Cromwell”’
Europe as a postemotional idea – or, ‘upon us all there still lies “the curse of Cromwell”’

What is the social meaning of Europe as an idea? What are the social origins, structure, and consequences of this idea, as opposed to discourse concerning the modernist origins, borders, and issues regarding the European Union, European Community, European continent, and European culture? Suppose that one glances at the historical panorama of efforts to establish some sort of idea of Europe ranging from the ancient Greeks (who polarized the distinction between their civilization and barbarians), Roman Emperors through Charlemagne, feudalism, the many religious wars before, during and after Oliver Cromwell, Napoleon, Mussolini, ...

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