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European National Identities
Elements, Transitions, Conflicts

Edited By

Roland Vogt

ISBN 9781138509795
Published October 2, 2017 by Routledge
386 Pages

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Book Description

Making sense of the perplexing diversity of Europe is a challenging task. How compatible are national identities in Europe? What makes Europe European? What do Europeans have in common?

European National Identities explores the diversity of European states, nations, and peoples. In doing so, the editors focus on the origins and elements of different national identities in Europe and different themes of national self-understanding. Each chapter contributes a unique view of national identities gravitating around myth, historical experiences and traumas, values, ethnic and linguistic differences, and religious fault lines.

This work grounds European national identities within cultural, historical, and political dynamics, which makes the work approachable for many readers, including historians, sociologists, and political scientists. In addition, the editors illustrate that national identities continue to be a source of contention and a challenge to political developments, the demands of immigrants and minorities, and the dynamics of European integration. This book draws particular attention to identity shifts and conflicts within individual European countries.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction: Making Sense of European National Identities and Diversity
Roland Vogt and Wayne Cristaudo
2 Belgium: A Nation-State without a National Identity?
Roland Vogt
3 A Riven Nation: Old versus New Britain
Wayne Cristaudo
4 France: Between the Individual and the Universal
Denis Meyer
5 German National Identity: Moving beyond Guilt
Roland Vogt and Chong Li
6 Greek Identity: Between Hellenism and Europeanism
Georgios Repousis and Andreas Leutzsch
7 Italy: One Nation, Three Republics, and a Thousand Identities
Waddick Doyle
8 "The Chinese of Europe?" Dutch Identities on Trial
Arie Amaya-Akkermans
9 Poland: A Nation of the In-Between
Krzysztof Sliwinski
10 Portugal: A Future's Past between Land and Sea
Andreas Leutzsch
11 Russia's Nostalgic Present
Laura Victoir
12 Spain: One Country, Many Regional Identities
Rocio Blasco-Garcia
13 Sweden: Social Solitariness
Kristina Tolinsson Ting
14 Turkey as Borderland: Inside Europe, Outside, or In-Between?
Jochen Walter
15 From "Yugoslavism" to (Post-) Yugoslav Nationalisms: Understanding Yugoslav Identities
aora'e Tomia
16 Yugoslavs and Europeans: A Tale of Two Supranational Identities
Aleksandar Pavkovia
17 European Identities: Multiple Forms of a Contested Concept
Roland Vogt

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