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Imagining Europe

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

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Edited By Michael Wintle

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?’

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7Contents List of Illustrations ................................................................................ 9 Preface .................................................................................................. 11 PART I. INTRODUCTORY INTRODUCTION Perceptions of Europe within and without ........................................ 15 Michael Wintle CHAPTER 1 Europe as Seen from the Outside. A Brief Visual Survey................ 23 Michael Wintle PART II. FROM TOTALITARIAN EUROPE CHAPTER 2 Heroes and Merchants. Joseph Stalin and the Nations of Europe .................................................................. 51 Erik van Ree CHAPTER 3 The Nazi New Order and Europe ...................................................... 73 David Barnouw PART III. FROM THE “MARGINS” OF EUROPE CHAPTER 4 The Turkish Perception of Europe. Example and Enemy ............... 93 Erik-Jan Zürcher 8CHAPTER 5 Europe from the Balkans ................................................................. 105 Joep Leerssen PART IV. FROM OUTSIDE EUROPE CHAPTER 6 “I Would Rather Go to Europe than Go to Heaven”. Images of Europe in the United States............................................. 123 Ruud Janssens CHAPTER 7 Encountering the European and Western Other in Chinese Propaganda Posters ........................................................ 147 Stefan R. Landsberger CHAPTER 8 Arab Windows on Europe ................................................................ 177 Robbert A.F.L. Woltering CHAPTER 9 Latin America and Europe ............................................................... 197 Peter Beardsell References .......................................................................................... 217 Index ................................................................................................... 235 Brief Details on the Contributors..................................................... 243

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