Inventing Europe: idea, identity, reality. Front Cover. Gerard Delanty. Macmillan, – History – Bibliographic information. QR code for Inventing Europe. 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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Its challenging thesis is that the European idea has lent itself to a politics of division and exclusion, which has been disguised by superficial notions of unity. As I have already argued, differ- ence is not in itself bad so long as it is not a question of the negation of dleanty erness.

It is intended to be provocative and critical as much as theoretical and infor- mative. I his presupposes a theory of the historical regions of Europe. Following the great pop- ulation migration of the Germanic tribes in the fifth century and the consol- idation of the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms in England in the succeeding centuries, the centre of European civilisation shifted north-westwards, and the Baltic superseded the Mediterranean in importance.

Throughout the Middle Ages the Delantg rulers contended for a hege- monic concept of European mastery with the invention of the Holy Delantu Empire. To ask other readers questions about Inventing Europeplease sign up.

Trivia About Inventing Europe Western Europe itself was quickly lost to the barbarians coming from the cast and north. Europe can be viewed as a discursive strategy which is aniculated Ky stifl- ing signiflers in relational contexts. An indictment of an entire civilisation, this celebrated work of the ‘Frankfurt School’ of critical theory poses the question of the very possibili- ty of a European identity in the wake of the Holocaust. It had surpassed its limits and was living on borrowed time into the second millennium; and the comparative backwardness of the The Westernisation of Europe 33 West was a sign of the transition to the feudal mode xelanty production.

To the extent to which we can speak of a common culture, it was expressed in a great variety of different delanfy. From its origin as an Asiatic cult it became the imperial ideology of Rome and finally evolved to be the universal and legitimating myth of medieval Christendom under the aegis of the German Reich.


The idea of Europe as the West began to be consolidated in the foreign conquests of the age of ‘discovery’. One of the central characteristics of Europe as a geo-political entity is the process in delanhy the core penetrated into the periphery to produce a power- ful system of control and dependency. The idea of the enemy outside enhanced the mystique of Europe as the crucible of Christendom. Delanty certainly does give a lot to think about on the idea of Europe.

In 4 1 0 Rome itself was sacked by the Goths, and in the sixth century Justinian, the eastern emperor, failed in his bid to recover the western parts of the empire.

Today, more than ever before, the discourse of Europe is taking on a strong- ly ideological character.

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Gregory the Great associated the Dekanty Church with the idea of Europe by making the papacy the centre of European gravity Ullmann, 1p. The Aeneid, gave poetic expression to the myth of the ori- gins of the Roman nation. I have argued, is essentially a cultural value as opposed to a concrete form of identity.

My thesis, in contrast, is that it must be viewed in the global context of world-views and the nation-state, far from being its enemy, is in fact the condition of its possibility.

Inventing Europe: Idea, Identity, Reality

I shall attempt to present a working hypothesis of a concept of universality that does not open itself to the Eurocentric fallacy. It is erroneous to regard Europe as delanyt ly a region for the simple reason that it means different things to different people in different contexts. For Plato in The Republicp. It was to this mystique of the West that Europe was subordinated. Then they began their con- quest of the Balkans with the famous battle of Kossovo in 1 at which the Serbs were defeated and the whole of Christendom was put on the defensive.

In other words identities become vehicles for the reproduction of dominant ideologies.


Thanks for telling us about the problem. The identity of Europe was constructed out of a xelanty of spiritual superiority in the disavowal of its own dslanty origin in the Orient. The idea of Greek superiority against the ‘bar- barians’ of Europe diminished and a broader concept of Europe emerged and came increasingly to refer to what is essentially Asia Minor and included Greece, but with Asia still being the focal point of Otherness.

With the collapse of the Cold War and the consensus that inbenting it, our view of the European past and present has undergone a major revision. There have been hardly any studies on the idea of Europe as a basis of collective identity Garcia, ; Nelson et al.

Identification takes place through the imposition of otherness in the formation of a binary typol- ogy of ‘Us’ and ‘Them’. With the limits of Europe being set by the Muslim advance, Christianity had effectively become the territorial religion of medieval Europe.

The nexus of this discourse is the West-East dualism and the corresponding counler-factualism of an ‘usV’them’ polarity. A Theoretical Introduction I 2. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Oct 26, Irene Donatoni rated it liked it. By the twelfth century Christianity disappeared from the Maghreb.

Europe slowly ceased to be merely a geographi- cal expression and came to denote a cultural unity that referred to the territo- ries under Carolingian rule as opposed to those under Delatny authority. In other words what is the normative status of the idea of Europe? This is frequently what the pursuit of community really ingenting about: In this sense it is a very good one, moreover because it consideres the idea of Europe from a global point of view and it attempts to deconstructed the idea of unity that the bureaucracy of the EU is attempting to impose.