Finding Europe. Discourses on margins, communities, images ca. 13th - ca. 18th centuries
Title: Finding Europe. Discourses on margins, communities, images ca. 13th - ca. 18th centuries
Citation: New York, Berghahn Books, 2007
In the last decade or so, many books have been devoted to the history of Europe.Two conceptual axes predominate in a large number of these accounts: a discourse focusing on Europe's values, and another discourse, fashioned largely in opposition to the first, which emphasizes the process of European "construction." The first conceives of Europe's past teleologically, as a process by which certain values (Christian ethics, individualism, capitalism, tolerance, republicanism, due process, etc.) were affirmed and came to define European culture. The second approach rejects the discourse on values emphasizes the post-Enlightenment emergence of the concept of Europe, and the political and ideological implications in its continuous redefinitions (and re elaborations) during the past two or more centuries. This volume offers new approaches that integrate the long temporal dimension of the values-based approach, albeit devoid of its teleological element, with the "constructivist" interpretation.
Table of Contents:
--Anthony Molho, Introduction: A Harlequin's Dress. Reflections on Europe's Public Discourse Margins --Giovanni Ricci, Crypto-identities. Disguised Turks, Christians and Jews --Andreas Stoll, Segregation, Migration and Recuperation of the Orient in Mediterranean Europe during the First Modernity. The Case of Semitic Spain --Giulia Calvi, Gender and the Body --Stuart Clark, Magic and Witchcraft Images --Christiane Klapisch-Zuber, The Tree --Edouard Pommier, From the Renaissance to the Enlightenment... through Antiquity. The Beginnings of the European Network of Museums --Denis Crouzet, Sainthood and Heroism: Images and Imagery in 16th-century Europe --Francoise Waquet, Latin Communities --Francesca Trivellato, A Republic of Merchants? --Florike Egmond, A European Community of Scholars: Exchange and Friendship among Early Modern Natural Historians --Rita Costa Gomes, The Court Galaxy --Robert Wokler, Rites of Passage and the Grand Tour: Discovering, Imagining and Inventing European Civilization in the Age of Enlightenment --Janet Coleman, Citizenship and the Language of Statecraft --Pietro Costa, Images of Law in Europe: in Search of Shared Traditions --Angela De Benedictis, Resisting Public Violence: Actions, Law, and Emotions