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Schuman Shelf | What is Europe?

In this Schuman Shelf, Visiting Fellow Anna Triandafyllidou presents the second edition of 'What is Europe?', a book co-authored with Ruby Gropas.

18 November 2022 | Video - Research

Europe is 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. Where does Europe begin and end? Who is a European? 

These questions have long been debated but never more so than in the early 21st century. On the occasion of the second edition of 'What is Europe?' (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015),  Visiting Fellow Anna Triandafyllidou explains what the book is about, the motivation to write it and its key message:

"The most important message is that there is not definitive answer and there is not a single Europe, and that we want to help people, guide them, so they can come up with their own question and actually acknowledge the complexity and diversity of what Europe is."

Check out the book at this link.

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Last update: 18 November 2022

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