Imagining Europe

Europe and European Civilisation as Seen from its Margins and by the Rest of the World, in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

by Michael Wintle (Volume editor)
©2009 Conference proceedings 245 Pages


What do people think ‘Europe’ means? What are its values, what are its borders, and what does it stand for? An important topic, without doubt. But the authors of this research collection are not so much interested in what Europe thinks of itself, but rather in what others think of it. They take a number of scenarios from recent history, and examine how Europe has appeared to people in other parts of the globe: America, China, the Arab world, for example. But they go further, and pose the question for some parts of the world which are ‘inside’ Europe, but which for one reason or another hover on the margins, like the Balkans, and Turkey. Furthermore they include the views about Europe held in parts of the continent which have without any doubt whatsoever belonged to Europe’s core, but which much of the rest of Europe, later, would like to forget about, or marginalise: Stalin’s Russia, and Hitler’s Germany. Most of the elements investigated here are central to the imagining of Europe, and despite many Europeans’ wish to distance themselves, such views should be recognised and taken up as an important and indispensable contribution to the debate about ‘What is Europe?’


ISBN (Softcover)
Publication date
2012 (September)
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Bruxelles, Bern, Berlin, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2008. 245 pp., 40 ill.

Biographical notes

Michael Wintle (Volume editor)

The Editor: Michael Wintle is Professor of European History at the University of Amsterdam, where he directs the degree programmes in European Studies. Prior to 2002, he held a chair of European History at the University of Hull, UK, where he had taught since 1980. His current research interests are in European identity and especially the visual representation of Europe, cultural aspects of European integration, European industrialisation, and the modern social and economic history of the Low Countries. He has published widely on Dutch and European history, including the following recent books: An Economic and Social History of the Netherlands (2000); The Idea of a United Europe (2000); Ideas of Europe since 1914 (2002); Image into Identity (2006); The Image of Europe (2008 forthcoming).


Title: Imagining Europe