This authoritative yet accessible introduction to understanding Europe today moves beyond accounts of European integration to provide a wide-ranging and nuanced study of contemporary Europe and its historical development. This fully updated edition adds material on recent developments, such as Brexit and the migrant and Eurozone crises.
The concept of Europe is instilled with a plethora of social, cultural, economic and political meanings. Throughout history, and still today, scholars writing on Europe and politicians involved in national or European politics, often disagree on the geographic limits of this space and the defining elements of Europe. Europe is therefore first and foremost a concept that takes different shapes and meanings depending on the realm of life on which it is applied and on the historical period under investigation. At a given point in time, depending on the perspective we adopt and the situation in which we find ourselves, Europe may represent very different things. Thus, we should better talk about 'Europes' in plural. What is Europe? explores these evolving conceptions of Europe from antiquity to the present. This book is all the more timely as Europe responds to the Russian invasion of Ukraine and Britain's departure from the European Union whilst slowly recovering from financial slump, refugee crises and the COVID-19 pandemic. As this book shows, Europe is wracked by deepening cleavages but has also become more connected and integrated than ever before.
This book offers a fully updated introduction to European studies from an interdisciplinary perspective. It is a crucial companion to any undergraduate or graduate course on Europe and the European Union.
About the Author
Anna Triandafyllidou holds the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Migration and Integration at Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University), Canada. Her interdisciplinary research focuses on the governance of migration and asylum; the management of cultural diversity, nationalism and identity issues; and overall, the contemporary challenges of migration and integration across different world regionsHer research explores the governance of cultural diversity, migration, and nationalism from a European and international perspective. She is author of Immigrants and National Identity in Europe (Routledge, 2001) and co-author of Migrant Smuggling: Irregular Migration from Asia and Africa to Europe (Palgrave, 2012) and Rethinking Migration and Return in Southeastern Europe: Albanian Mobilities to and from Italy and Greece (Routledge, 2021). She is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies.Ruby Gropas is Visiting Professor in European Studies at the College of Europe at Bruges, Belgium. She also leads the Social Market Economy team at Inspire, Debate, Engage and Accelerate Action (IDEA), and works on social and economic issues in the European Commission President's Advisory service. Her research focuses on various aspects of migration, European integration, migration, foreign policy and human fundamental rights. She is author of Human Rights & Foreign Policy: The Case of the European Union (Sakkoulas, 2006) and co-editor of The Greek Crisis and European Modernity (Palgrave, 2013) and European Immigration: A Sourcebook (Second Edition, Routledge, 2014).