Writings on the EU (European Union) are largely celebratory hagiographies reflecting long-discredited narratives of progress, lacking global perspective and critical incisiveness, while critical works either remain too narrowly focused or ignore EU enlargement altogether. This edited volume brings together a diverse array of critical perspectives in the analysis of EU enlargement. The novelty of these studies is in their multifaceted and nuanced explanations of EU enlargement as a particular form of empire building. Each author demonstrates this process by examining the cultural, political, and economic practices, both within and beyond Europe, that constitute this form of empire.
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2006. X, 256 pp.
Contents: Salvatore Engel-Di Mauro: The European Union as Empire – Olivier Thomas Kramsch: Postcolonial Shadow Plays in the
Dutch-German Borderlands – Hannes Hofbauer: EU Enlargement: Political Recognition of an Economic Process – Samir Amin: The
Geopolitics of the New Collective Imperialism of the Triad: The Middle East, the EU, and US Imperialism – Andre Gunder Frank:
The Soviet Union and Me – Jeff Sommers: The Entropy of Order: The Contested Terrain of EU Enlargement – József Böröcz: East
European Entrants to the EU: Diffidently Yours – Attila Melegh: Perspectives on the East-West Slope in the Process of EU Accession
– Ulrich Best: Between Cross-Border Cooperation and Neocolonialism: EU Enlargement and Polish-German Relations – Melinda Kovács:
The Selfless Self: Constructions of the EU in Its Yearly Reports, 1998-2002 – Merje Kuus: The Double Enlargement and the Remapping
of the East – Salvatore Engel-Di Mauro: «A Family of Democratic European Countries»: Coercion, Plunder, and Accumulation in
the Development and Expansion of the EU.