The East and the Idea of Europe

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In this volume, the authors examine the mutual relationship of the East and Europe within the Eurasian geopolitical space. They investigate how people to the East of Europe understand themselves vis--vis Europe, how they have processed European influences, and how states in the East compete with the West. The East is a strong rhetorical metaphor efficiently colouring something as non-European, or not-essentially-European. Studies in this volume examine the linguistic techniques that are used in erecting social and political boundaries, and how they are eventually demolished. The main focus is on turning points of time and transitional periods where the stability of status quo and maintenance of traditional values have been questioned, both in history and at present. All analysis is strictly based on original language sources, which are interpreted with thorough social, cultural and historical expertise. The main conceptual tool used for analysis is the binarity of boundaries. Binarity, or the use of boundary creating dichotomies, is constantly used in public discussion and political strategies to structure geopolitical space, create imperial power plays, and competing centre-periphery formations. The empirically strong social and cultural expertise of the authors, and their multidisciplinary use of geopolitical theory in conjunction with new linguistically inspired analytical tools create a highly original perspective on the Eurasian political space. The book is a significant contribution to studies on Europe and its neighbourhood.

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Katalin Miklossy is Adjunct Professor at the University of Helsinki, Finland. She specializes in reformism in the Eastern Bloc. Her most recent publications include the co-edited volume Reassessing Cold War Europe (Routledge 2011) and Khrushchevism after Khrushchev: the rise of national interest in the Eastern Bloc in Khrushchev in the Kremlin (Routledge 2010).

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'The authors have succeeded in presenting the history of the East with Europe as an interesting succession of skillful political moves and rhetorical reinterpretations. Their approach of linguistically inspired new geopolitical research is original and certainly path-breaking in international studies. Recommended for serious scholars interested in European politics, as well as for European and international relations courses.' --Kari Palonen, Academy of Finland Professor, Leader of the Centre of Excellence Political Thought and Conceptual Change

'The contributors have weaved their multidisciplinary approach into a coherent whole. With extensive knowledge of languages and cultures, their analysis is deep and illuminating. The text is lucid and informative, with advanced theoretical and methodological argumentation intertwining with historical and empirical observations. Recommended reading for scholars of social sciences and history, both in Asia and in Europe.' --Emiko Ochiai, Professor of Sociology, Kyoto University, Leader of the Centre of Excellence Reconstruction of the Intimate and Public Spheres in 21st Century Asia

'This edited volume offers fresh and critical ideas about the meaning of the West and Europe as seen from peoples and countries on the periphery or outside the West, like Finland, Hungary, Japan, and Russia. Its six chapters highlight important aspects of the linguistic and political construction of borders referring to binary orders which are used to structure geopolitical landscapes. The East and the Idea of Europe constitutes a significant contribution to such various discourses as those on globalization, the meanings of European and Western identities, geopolitical conflicts, and migration.' --Dr Ãrpad von Klimo, DAAD Visiting Professor, Department of History, University of Pittsburgh

'The contributors have weaved their multidisciplinary approach into a coherent whole. With extensive knowledge of languages and cultures, their analysis is deep and illuminating. The text is lucid and informative, with advanced theoretical and methodological argumentation intertwining with historical and empirical observations. Recommended reading for scholars of social sciences and history, both in Asia and in Europe.' --Emiko Ochiai, Professor of Sociology, Kyoto University, Leader of the Centre of Excellence Reconstruction of the Intimate and Public Spheres in 21st Century Asia

'This edited volume offers fresh and critical ideas about the meaning of the West and Europe as seen from peoples and countries on the periphery or outside the West, like Finland, Hungary, Japan, and Russia. Its six chapters highlight important aspects of the linguistic and political construction of borders referring to binary orders which are used to structure geopolitical landscapes. The East and the Idea of Europe constitutes a significant contribution to such various discourses as those on globalization, the meanings of European and Western identities, geopolitical conflicts, and migration.' --Dr Ãrpad von Klimo, DAAD Visiting Professor, Department of History, University of Pittsburgh

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