Modern Europe: Place, Culture and Identity

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The contemporary geography of modern Europe is the result of the interaction of many and often violent historical processes, which have combined to produce a very diverse patterning of place and people. Despite the radical project of political and economic integration, the subject of cultural, political and economic diversity is nevertheless of enduring importance throughout the continent. Rather, EU policies make the patterns even more perplexing as peoples and places interact in different ways with the processes of integration.
Examining the cultural and economic complexity that is modern Europe, this book shows how this diversity has always been a principle characteristic of European society, and discusses the ways in which nationalism and the nation-state emerged as one means of controlling that heterogeneity - if only for a while. The book goes on to argue that identity in modern Europe is again becoming multi-faceted, and concludes that the continent's geographies can be defined only through inclusivist multiculturalism. The hope for modern Europe is that this plurality and diversity are represented not as unbridgable fissures between peoples but as manifestations of our mutual dependence in making sure that the nightmares of our past are never repeated.

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Brian Graham is at University of Ulster, Coleraine.

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"This thought-provoking collection of essays...draw[s] out clearly one of the enduring themes of European geography: the creative tension between, on the one hand, regions and nations and, on the other, the search for a pan-European identity."--Transactions of the Institute of British
Geographers

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