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History and Belonging
Representations of the Past in Contemporary European Politics
Edited by Stefan Berger and Caner Tekin
214 pages, 20 illus., bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-78533-880-9 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (June 2018)
eISBN 978-1-78533-881-6 eBook
In cultural and intellectual terms, one of the EU’s most important objectives in pursuing unification has been to develop a common historical narrative of Europe. Across ten compelling case studies, this volume examines the premises underlying such a project to ask: Could such an uncontested history of Europe ever exist? Combining studies of national politics, supranational institutions, and the fraught EU-Mideast periphery with a particular focus on the twentieth century, the contributors to History and Belonging offer a fascinating survey of the attempt to forge a post-national identity politics.
Stefan Berger has been the Chairman of the Library Foundation of the Ruhr since 2011. He directs the Institute for Social Movements at the Ruhr University Bochum, and previously held the position of Professor of Modern German and Comparative European History at the University of Manchester.
Caner Tekin (PhD) is a member of the Centre for Mediterranean Studies at the Ruhr University Bochum. He worked previously at the Georg-Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research in Brunswick as a postdoctoral fellow
Subject: History: 20th Century to Present
Introduction: Towards a ‘Europeanised’ European History?
Caner Tekin and Stefan Berger
Chapter 1. Exhibiting Post-national Identity: The House of European History
Chapter 2. The European Union and the Historiography of European Integration: Dangerous Liaisons?
Chapter 3. Representations of National Cultures vis-à-vis the ‘European’ at the European Union National Institutes for Culture
Chapter 4. Europe – a Concept in its Own Right or an Intermediate State between National Traditions and Global Interrelatedness? Representations of Europe in Curricula, Textbooks and Surveys
Chapter 5. The Past in English Euroscepticism
Ben Wellings and Chris Gifford
Chapter 6. (Trans)national Memories of the Common Past in the Post-Yugoslav Space
Chapter 7. Disturbing Memories: Coming to Terms with the Stalinist History of Europe
Chapter 8. ‘Glorious, Accursed Europe’ – A Fictional Historian, Transcultural Holocaust Memory and the Quest for a European identity
Chapter 9. Who Lost Turkey? The Consequences of Writing an Exclusionary European History
Paul T. Levin
Chapter 10. Conceptualisations of Turkey’s Past in the European Parliament
Conclusion: European and National Ways of Politicizing European History
Stefan Berger and Caner Tekin
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