Is it possible to create a collective European identity? In this volume, leading scholars assess the link between collective identity construction in Europe and the multiple memory discourses that intervene in this construction process. The authors believe that the exposure of national collective memories to an enlarging communicative space within Europe affects the ways in which national memories are framed. Through this perspective, several case studies of East and West European memory discourses are presented. The first part of the volume elaborates how collective memory can be identified in the new Europe. The second part presents case studies on national memories and related collective identities in respect of European integration and its extension to the East. This timely work is the first to investigate collective identity construction on a pan-European scale and will be of interest to academics and postgraduate students of political sociology and European studies.
Table of Contents
Contents: National identities and collective memory in an enlarged Europe, Willfried Spohn. Collective Identities in Europe and European Identities: European self-understanding in the Twentieth Century, Hartmut Kaelble; East-European historical bequest en route to an integrated Europe, Jerzy Jedlicki; Global diaspora? European Jewish consciousness? Reflections on German Jewry and the postmodern debate, Y. Michal Bodemann. Europe, National Identities and Collective Memory in Western Europe: Re-modelling the boundaries in the New Europe: historical memories and contemporary identities in German-Polish relations, Oliver Schmidtke; Italy, EU-enlargement and the ’reinvention’ of Europe: between historical memories and present representations, Ilaria Favretto; Spain’s ’Special Solidarity’ with the East: the influence of collective memory on Spanish attitudes to EU enlargement, Pablo JÃ¡uregui. Europe, National Identities and Collective Memory in Eastern Europe: NATO and Hungarian public opinion, AndrÃ¡s KovÃ¡cs: Troublesome anniversary: the rise of the Czechoslovak Republic and its European fellows in Czech collective memory, Karel KubiÅ¡; Converting history into ’cultural treasure’ in post-1991 Kaliningrad: social transitions and the meaning of the past, Olga Sezneva. The Argument Revisited: Remembering national memories together: the formation of a transnational identity in Europe, Klaus Eder; Index.
Klaus Eder is Professor of Sociology at the Humboldt-UniversitÃ¤t zu Berlin. His publications include: 'Die Entstehung staatlich organisierter Gesellschaften' (Suhrkamp 1976), 'Geschichte als LernprozeÃŸ? (Suhrkamp 1985), 'Die Vergesellschaftung der Natur (Suhrkamp 1988), 'The New Politics of Class (Sage 1993), 'The Social Construction of Nature' (Sage 1996). He has co-edited (with Bernd Giesen) European Citizenship (OUP 2001) and (with Crouch/Tambini) Citizenship, Markets, and the State (OUP 2001) and (with Kousis) Environmental Politics in Southern Europe (Kluwer 2001). He has coauthored (with Giesen/Schmidtke/Tambini) Collective Identities in Action (Ashgate 2002). Willfried Spohn, PD Dr., is adjunct professor in sociology at FU Berlin and is currently director of an EU research project 'Representations of Europe and the Nation in current and prospective member states - elites, media and civil society' at the European University Viadrina, Frankfurt-Odra. His recent publications are (with Steven Hanson): Can Europe Work? Germany and the Reconstruction of Postcommunist Societies, Seattle 1995; 'History and the Social Sciences,' International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behaviorial Sciences, London 2001; (with Anna Triandafyllidou): Europeanization, National Identities and Migration, London 2002, and 'Multiple Modernity, Nationalism and Religion - A Global Perspective,' in: U. Schuerkens (ed.), Global Forces and Local Life-Worlds, 2003.