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Entangled Identities
Nations and Europe

ISBN 9781138266759
Published November 15, 2016 by Routledge
184 Pages

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Book Description

Providing a comprehensive and comparative analysis of the way national and European identities are intertwined in old and new member states of the European Union, this volume assembles nine country case studies. Each country has experienced different processes of state formation, nation-building and democratization, thus they have each developed different forms of national identity and different patterns of interaction between national and European identities. The case studies illuminate the similarities and differences in how national and European identities have evolved among the nine countries. Rich in empirical data, the volume examines the historical entanglement of national and European collective identities and is therefore well suited for courses on European studies including European integration and enlargement, international relations and sociology.

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; Introduction, Atsuko Ichijo and Willfried Spohn; A balancing act: British state and nation formation and 'Europe', Atsuko Ichijo; Germany: from Kulturnation to Europeanization?, Michael Minkenberg; Austria: from Habsburg empire to a small nation in Europe, Willfried Spohn; A European Spain: the recovery of Spanish self-esteem and international prestige, Pablo Jáuregui and Antonia M. Ruiz-Jiménez; Italy and Europe: internal others and external challenges to national identity, Anna Triandafyllidou; Modern Greece: a profile of a strained identity, Nikos Kokosalakis and Iordanis Psimmenos; Nation, state and national identity in modern Hungary, Paszkál Kiss and György Hunyady; Czech Republic: nation formation and Europe, Karel KubiÅ¡, Vlasta KubiÅ¡ová, Karolína Ruzicková, and Michael Voríšek; Europe and the formation of the Polish state, nation, and national identity, Krystyna Romaniszyn; Index.

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Atsuko Ichijo is Reserach Fellow in European Studies at Kingston University, UK. She is the author of Scottish Nationalism and the Idea of Europe. Willfried Spohn is Adjunct Professor at Free University of Berlin, Germany. His major publications include: Can Europe Work? Germany and the Reconstruction of Postcommunist Societies.


'The volume addresses one of the most fundamental questions about the processes of European integration - the relationship between national and European identities...This is a unique collection which enables the reader to assess the influence of a wide range of factors - from economy to religion, geopolitics to ideology - in the process of national/European identity formation. It will be indispensable reading for undergraduate and graduate students of sociology, politics, international relations, and history. It will also have significant appeal to policy makers and journalists.' Professor Montserrat Guibernau, Queen Mary, University of London, UK 'One of the great merits of the book is that it gives much historical depth to contemporary debates about European integration...the book transcends the sterile opposition between neo-functionalist and intergovernmentalist accounts of the relationship between national and European identities.' Journal of Common Market Studies