A critical analysis of the idea of Europe and the limits and possibilities of a European identity in the broader perspective of Inventing Europe Delanty, Gerard. I{ETlllNKlNC IRTSH HISTORy (with patrick O’Mahony). Inventing Europe. Idea, Identity, Reality. Gerard Delanty. Senior LÄ›crurer in Sociology. U niversity of Liver . Inventing Europe: Idea, Identity, Reality, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke,

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The idea of Europe is not, then, without ambivalence.

The notion of Europe subsequently came to designate the western part while the idea of the Empire came to refer to deelanty Byzantine east, the Orient Fischer,p. Only by means of a commitment to a post-national European citizenship can the idea of Europe be divested of its cultural ambivalence.

Inventing Europe: Idea, Identity, Reality

This was, I should like to stress, before the idea of Europe itself became an autonomous cultural framework and a basis of identity. The Chinese once believed that Antioch was the capital of the Roman Empire rather than its third largest city Dudley,p. To take an example from history.

While the eastern half included Egypt, the western half included ‘Africa’, which meant for the Romans the western parts of North Africa. Oct 26, Irene Donatoni rated it liked it. This book is a brief summary of what happened to eurrope idea of Europe during the ages.

Edvinas Palujanskas rated it really liked it Jul 16, But it was a failure that was not without success.

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I shall attempt to show bow it is interpolated in concrete configurations of power and their geo-political complexes. So exactly where the space for identity formation is to be created is a crucial question for the future.


Its challenging, thesis is that the European idea has lent itself to a politics or” division and exclusion, which has been disguised by superficial notions of Unit ‘. This suggests that the notion of Europe was at most a geographical idea and was not yet a cultural idea of significance, still less a political identity.

Augustinas Uleckas rated it liked it Aug 09, It is in their eurooe that the idea I of Europe has been codified. It included a great diversity of peoples: This was the basis of the Delanry divergent path of development. It may be helpful toconccptualise this with the help of the metaphor of the football game: Respon- sibility for errors of fact and judgement of course remains mine.

The origins of Eurocenlrism. In doing so, however, a tension emerged between the cultural idea of Europe and velanty geographical framework to which it referred.

This ambivalence is apparent in an unresolved tension between two models of collective identity: For many Europeans unity is a cherished goal only so long as it is unattainable; or, indeed, as a strategy toenhance social exclusion or to strength- en the power of the centre over the periphery. This was strengthened by the Habsburgs, who, though ostensibly Germans, were in reality more of a European house.

The formation of a European identity was never a predetermined. Its basic thesis is that the idea of Europe has become part of surope new state-seeking nation- alism that has crystallised in ‘Fortress Europe’ and far from being a succes- sor to the nation-state, Europe, in fact, is a function of it.


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Delanyt Aeneid, gave poetic expression to the myth of the ori- gins of the Roman nation. Since it is one of my central contentions that the idea of Europe in the modern period never emancipated itself from the adversarial East-West nexus with its roots deep in Christendom, delannty considerable amount of space will eurpe devoted to an analysis of the early history of the idea. The thesis I should like to propose, then, is that it is important that the idea of Europe be separated from Universal ethical validity claims disguised as an essential ist ethno-culturalism.

Throughout the Middle Ages the German rulers contended for a hege- monic concept of European mastery with the invention of the Holy Roman Empire.

The idea of Europe was mostly derived from ‘above’ and not from ‘below’ in concrete forms of life and political struggles.

Europe was the secular identity of Christendom which was for long associated with the Frankish empire. A critique on the idea of Europe is long overdue.

In fact Muslim civilisation absorbed more of Greek culture than did the post-Roman West. Jl can be seen the emblem and central organising metaphor of a complex civilisation.