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A Heritage, a Challenge, a Promise

Modern Europe is a patchwork quilt in which a diverse array of national cultures have been pieced into one community. In Europe: A Heritage, a Challenge, a Promise, Jan Berting reckons with a continent at a turning point in its history, arguing that Europe must balance its urge to modernize with a respect for its shared legacy.

            As Europe struggles with the tension between its past and its future, Berting pinpoints challenges to modernization and proposes intriguing solutions. He addresses topics as varied as the rise of Islam, political liberalism, and individual freedoms in this comprehensive volume sure to interest all those invested in the future of Europe.

233 pages | 6 1/3 x 9 1/2 | © 2006

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Table of Contents

Chapter I: Introduction
Chapter II: Civilisation and Culture
Chapter III: Collective Identities
Chapter IV: Progress, Development, and Cultural Change
Chapter V: European Culture -- Cultures of Europe
Chapter VI: The Specificity and Identity of Europe
Chapter VII: Collective Representations of European Societies (I)
Chapter VIII: Collective Representations of European Societies (II)
Chapter IX: Collective Representations of European Societies (III)
Chapter X: Modernity and Modernisation: Types of Adaptation and Resistance in our Time
Chapter XI: Ideals, Values, and Norms
Chapter XII: Choices Before Us

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