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History and Belonging: Representations of the Past in Contemporary European Politics

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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)

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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
Area: Europe


Introduction: Towards a ‘Europeanised’ European History?
Caner Tekin and Stefan Berger

Chapter 1. Exhibiting Post-national Identity: The House of European History
Daniel Rosenberg

Chapter 2. The European Union and the Historiography of European Integration: Dangerous Liaisons?
Orianne Calligaro

Chapter 3. Representations of National Cultures vis-à-vis the ‘European’ at the European Union National Institutes for Culture
Claudia Schneider

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
Falk Pingel

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
Jelena Dureinović

Chapter 7. Disturbing Memories: Coming to Terms with the Stalinist History of Europe
Claudia Weber

Chapter 8. ‘Glorious, Accursed Europe’ – A Fictional Historian, Transcultural Holocaust Memory and the Quest for a European identity
Judith Müller

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
Caner Tekin

Conclusion: European and National Ways of Politicizing European History
Stefan Berger and Caner Tekin


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