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The European Identity

Historical and Cultural Realities We Cannot Deny

Distributed for Haus Publishing

The European Identity

Historical and Cultural Realities We Cannot Deny

What—if anything—do the twenty-eight member states of the European Union have in common? Amidst all the variety, can one even speak of a European identity? In this timely book, Stephen Green explores these questions and argues for the necessity of the European voice in the international community.

Green points out that Europeans can readily define the differences that separate them from others around the globe, but they have yet to clearly define their own similarities across member states. He argues that Europe has something distinctive and vitally important to offer: the experience of a unique journey through centuries of exploration and conflict, errors and lessons, soul-searching and rebuilding—an evolution of universal significance.

Coming at a time when the divisions in European culture have been laid bare by recent financial crises and calls for independence, The European Identity identifies one of the biggest challenges for all of the member states of the European Union.

96 pages | 4 1/4 x 7 | © 2015

Haus Curiosities

Political Science: Political and Social Theory


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Reviews

“Stephen Green—Baron Green of Hurstpierpoint—is an articulate and compelling writer and thinker. . . . [He] articulates incisively, convincingly, and without romance the rationale behind the decline of the power of European states on the global scene. His well-researched and contextual arguments provide a lesson for non-European readers and a wake-up call to Europeans.”
 

Defense & Foreign Affairs Special Analysis

“Green argues the prime case for Europe as shared values rather than share values. . . . Certainly this short book should be compulsory reading for the Remain campaign, offering as it does some inspiration, hope and spice for those who self-define as Europeans. . . . The real shock is that this is a Tory . . . who is making the best case for Europe I’ve read in a long time. David Cameron eat your heart out!”

Tribune Magazine (UK)

"[A] series of nifty little essays—the thinking person’s commuting read."

Independent, on the Haus Curiosities series

"Haus is to be congratulated for its courage in dusting off the political pamphlet format and publishing a series of essays, short enough to be read in one sitting, in the internet age."

Times Higher Education, on the Haus Curiosities series

Table of Contents

What does it mean to be European?
The Europeans: caught in the headlights?
Identity in variety?
Enlightenment or enlightenments? The birth of a new European identity? 
The inevitable bonds of geography and history
The United States of Europe?
A Fragile union of fragile identities?
Layers of identity and loyalty
Where next?

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