Bittersweet Europe : Albanian and Georgian discourses on Europe, 1878-2008
Title: Bittersweet Europe : Albanian and Georgian discourses on Europe, 1878-2008
Author: BRISKU, Adrian
Publisher: Berghahn Books
Citation: New York : Berghahn Books, 2013
From the late nineteenth century to the post-communist period, Albanian and Georgian political and intellectual elites have attributed hopes to "Europe," yet have also exhibited ambivalent attitudes that do not appear likely to vanish any time soon. Albanians and Georgians have evoked, experienced, and continue to speak of "Europe" according to a tense triadic entity - geopolitics, progress, culture - which has generated aspirations as well as delusions towards it and themselves. This unique dichotomy weaves a nuanced, historical account of a changing Europe, continuously marred by uncertainties that greatly affect these countries' domestic politics as well as foreign policy decisions. A systematic and rich account of how Albanians and Georgians view Europe, this book offers a fresh perspective on the vast East/West literature and, more broadly, on European intellectual, cultural, and political history.
Table of Contents:
-- Nationhood and empire: a tale of historical and ethno-cultural similarities and differences -- From empire to independence: Europe as the future -- The nation-state in imperial/supranational shadow: the apparent decline of Europe -- Communist experiences in a divided Europe -- 'Return to Europe', 'closer to Europe': post-communist expectations -- Epilogue: is 'Europe' still the future?
Initial version: http://hdl.handle.net/1814/12709
Version: Published version of EUI PhD thesis, 2009
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