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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


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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243 Brief Details on the Contributors David Barnouw studied Political Science at the University of Am- sterdam. Since 1979 he has been a researcher, staff member and Press Information Officer at the Netherlands Institute for War Documentation. This Institute deals with World War II, the German Occupation of the Netherlands and the Japanese Occupation of the Dutch East Indies. He has written books, articles and reviews about the Occupation period, and is specially interested in the Nazi Youth Movement in the Netherlands, and collaboration problems. He has also written about movies – both fiction and non-fiction – dealing with the Occupation. He is frequently invited to speak on national and international radio and television as an expert on the Second World War. With two colleagues he published The Diary of Anne Frank: The Critical Edition (1986), to great acclaim: 20,000 copies were sold within a year. This edition has been translated into German, English, French, Japanese and Italian. Emeritus Professor Peter Beardsell graduated in the University of Manchester in French and Spanish, and wrote masters and doctoral theses on Latin American literature. He held lectureships in the UK Universities of Manchester and Sheffield, and the chair of Hispanic Studies in the University of Hull. In the national context he was Presi- dent of the Society for Latin American Studies, and a member of the Iberian and Latin American Languages panels of the Research Assess- ment Exercises in 1996 and 2001. Publications include books on Latin American novelists, poets and dramatists, and...

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