A critical analysis of the idea of Europe and the limits and possibilities of a European identity in the broader perspective of Inventing Europe Delanty, Gerard. I{ETlllNKlNC IRTSH HISTORy (with patrick O’Mahony). Inventing Europe. Idea, Identity, Reality. Gerard Delanty. Senior Lěcrurer in Sociology. U niversity of Liver . Inventing Europe: Idea, Identity, Reality, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke,

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Elevated to the status of a consensus, the idea of Europe, by virtue of its own resonance, functions as hegemon which operates to produce an induced consensus – which is less a compliance with power than acquiescence and helplessness – with which a system of power can be mobilised. The political unity of Islam split into a number of units, principally those centred around Cordoba, Cairo and Baghdad respectively.

Iventing then came to be associated with cultural superiority and civilisation while the non-Christian world was seen as uncivilised and barbarian.

This seems to have been the view of Aristotle who made a threefold distinction between Greeks, Europeans and Asians, but held that the latter two were ‘barbarians’. The origins of European identity can be found in the sixteenth century resis- tance to the Turks Beck, ; Schwoebel. Chloe Lee rated it really liked it Nov 07, Pertinent to this issue is the thesis, developed in Chapter 5, that European culture was geerard ade- quately secularised and that consequently the idea of the geradd survived as a cultural absolute, an ‘cssentialism’, in the Europe of the territorial and secular nation-states.

There is enough within European greard with which the idea of Europe can be associated, such as a strong tra- dition of civil society and anti-authoritarianism.

I should like to emphasise that this book is written for social and political scientists and not for historians.

The wars Charlemagne fought were in the name of Christianity. After the defeat of Macedonia by Rome in bc, Greek civilisation moved from the eastern Mediterranean to its western shores. During the Dark Ages, from the fourth to the ninth centuries, ‘Europe’ – by which of course we mean Christendom – was unable to assert itself against Islam.


Inventing Europe: Idea, Identity, Reality

Europe— Politics and government. As such it had the power of mystification. It was the Germans, who by aping the Carolingians. Had the Muslims not been defeated it is not inconceivable that Christianity would have been wiped out in Europe.

National identity, sexism, sectarianism and racism are examples of regressive forms of identification with authority: Karolis Jonutis rated it really liked it Sep 04, The task of the sociologist is to inquire into the process by which realities are constructed out of ideas and to demystify the power of symbolic names; to disentangle the complex web of interconnections by which identities become linked to relations of power.

Eurpoe myths of integration should be viewed I with scepticism unless they unambivalcntly accommodate diversity. In the Turks crossed the Dardanelles to Gallipoli and.

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The rise of Christianity in the West, in effect, led to the equation of the Occident with Europe. The need for cultural cohesion became all the more necessary because there was no central political authority under the system of gefard ism that had emerged in the West after the break-up of the Carolingian empire in the tenth century.

In the present context whatl wjsh to emphasise is that the idea of Europe was con- stmctaTwlth strategic’goals in mind and the ‘reality’ that it designates is also used strategically. It is interesting to observe that the territories unit- ed by Alexander eventually fell under Byzantine rule and only in later cen- turies ceased to be regarded as the essence of ‘European’ culture.

Inventing Europe: Idea, Identity, Reality by Gerard Delanty

Mention must ,also be made of a work whose central theme no book on the idea of Europe can ignore: Earlier, it is thought that Africa gefard have been considered a pan of Asia Fuhrmann, 1p. From the tenth century onwards in the wake of the break-up of the Carolingian empire the restored Roman empire, under Otto I, shifted to Germany and depanty from the east Franks. The structure and argument of the book reflect this critique of the univer- salis! It was fateful that this was to be largely a German identity.


K rated it really liked it Dec 05, It appears the distinction between these two continents was more significant than the singularity of Europe against Asia Hay,p. In the seventh and eighth centuries the Arabs conquered most of North Africa with Alexandria falling in and Carthage in I his presupposes a theory of the historical regions of Europe.

The clas- sical revival it ushered in was not merely Frankish but cosmopolitan, with scholars coming to the imperial court at Aachen from all parts of Europe.

But it was a failure that was not without success. The collapse of the Carolingian empire led to the emergence of a number of independent Christian kingdoms from the ninth century. As is well known, the democracy afforded by the fabled Greek polis was based on slav- ery.

Today, more than ever before, the discourse of Europe is taking on a strong- ly ideological character. The main contender for the mantle of Christendom was the Germanic empire of the Franks. Oct 26, Irene Donatoni rated it liked it.

ferard In doing so, however, a tension emerged between the cultural idea of Europe and the geographical framework to which it referred. While a collective European identity existed at least as part of elite culture in some form since the sixteenth century, European identity as part of personal identities did not exist until the late nineteenth century though it had gradually evolved since the Enlightenment.