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Finding Europe

Discourses on Margins, Communities, Images

Edited by Anthony Molho and Diogo Ramada Curto

420 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-84545-208-7 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (April 2007)

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“This is an important collection and starting point for the worthy goal of promoting a better understanding of the past that makes it less able to be manipulated for contemporary political and religious aims…Compiled out of the European past, its aim of a better understanding of traditional values ought to be useful for contemporary cultures and for the work of scholars of all cultures and continents."  ·  Renaissance Quarterly


In the last decade or so, many books have been devoted to the history of Europe.Two conceptual axes predominate in a large number of these accounts: a discourse focusing on Europe’s values, and another discourse, fashioned largely in opposition to the first, which emphasizes the process of European “construction.” The first conceives of Europe’s past teleologically, as a process by which certain values (Christian ethics, individualism, capitalism, tolerance, republicanism, due process, etc.) were affirmed and came to define European culture. The second approach rejects the discourse on values emphasizes the post-Enlightenment emergence of the concept of Europe, and the political and ideological implications in its continuous redefinitions (and re elaborations) during the past two or more centuries. This volume offers new approaches that integrate the long temporal dimension of the values-based approach, albeit devoid of its teleological element, with the “constructivist” interpretation.

Anthony Molho is Professor of History and Head of the Department of History and Civilization of the European University Institute. His special subjects are the history of the state in early modern Europe and the history of the Italian Renaissance.

Diogo Ramada Curto is the Vasco da Gama Professor of History at the European University Institute and a specialist in the history of European expansion and colonialism.

Subject: Early Modern History
Area: Europe


List of Illustrations


A Harlequin’s Dress: Reflections on Europe’s Public Discourse
Anthony Molho

Rethinking the History of Europe: Old and New Approaches
Diogo Ramada Curto


Chapter 1. Crypto-identities: Disguised Turks, Christians and Jews
Giovanni Ricci

Chapter 2. Segregation, Migration and Recuperation of the Orient in Mediterranean Europe during the First Modernity: The Case of Semitic Spain
André Stoll

Chapter 3. Gender and the Body
Giulia Calvi

Chapter 4. Magic and Witchcraft
Stuart Clark


Chapter 5. A Republic of Merchants?
Francesca Trivellato

Chapter 6 A European Community of Scholars: Exchange and Friendship among Early Modern Natural Historians
Florike Egmond

Chapter 7. The Court Galaxy
Rita Costa Gomes

Chapter 8. Rites of Passage and the Grand Tour: Discovering, Imagining and Inventing European Civilization in the Age of Enlightenment
Robert Wokler

Chapter 9. Citizenship and the Language of Statecraft
Janet Coleman

Chapter 10. Images of Law in Europe: In Search of Shared Traditions
Pietro Costa

Chapter 11. Resisting Public Violence: Actions, Law and Emotions
Angela De Benedictis


Chapter 12. The Tree
Christiane Klapisch-Zuber

Chapter 13. From the Renaissance to the Englightenment ... through Antiquity: The Beginnings of the European Network of Museums
Edouard Pommier

Chapter 14. Sainthood and Heroism: Images and Imagery in Sixteenth-century Europe
Denis Crouzet

Chapter 15. Latin
Françoise Waquet

Abstracts of Chapters 1–15 in French

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