Changing Europe: Identities, Nations and Citizens by David Dunkerley, Lesley Hodgson, Stanislaw Konopacki, Tony

By David Dunkerley, Lesley Hodgson, Stanislaw Konopacki, Tony Spybey, Andrew Thompson

Europe has replaced considerably and is now dealing with much more dramatic alterations with the growth of the eu Union, the advent of the euro and its elevated position as an international actor in global affairs. This transparent and obtainable textbook offers an creation to the main matters now shaping the hot Europe and its citizens.

The e-book features:
* a historical past of the belief of 'Europe' and the improvement of the ecu kingdom state
* research of ecu identification and the demanding situations posed by way of citizenship, migration, human rights, regionalism and nationalism
* exam of the expansion technique and the effect of globalisation
* key studying issues, textual content bins and courses for extra interpreting to assist scholars

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Governments have certainly been keen to portray integration as assisting with the interests of the nationstate, and there is a good deal of reason behind these arguments. For example, the decision of two British governments to seek, unsuccessfully, membership of the European Economic Community (established by the 1957 Treaty of Rome) in the 1960s came after a realisation that the UK could not survive on its trading links 35 CHANGING EUROPE with the Commonwealth and the European Free Trade Association.

Together, the need for new revenue and the organisation of larger armed services necessitated increased public management of economy and society. The period since the eighteenth century, therefore, saw the expansion of state bureaucratic systems. More generally, by the second half of the nineteenth century the state was assuming growing responsibility for the management of social affairs within the national territory. As Tilly (1992) explains, states developed complex surveillance systems to monitor social conditions, including those that might lead to instability, and to confront problems.

The state’s actions arguably stemmed more from pragmatism than from abstract concerns with a putative ‘national’ culture. Ideas concerning the latter were undoubtedly influential on individual politicians and for particular nationalist movements – after all, such ideas proved to be powerful legitimising tools – but political authorities clearly utilised the idea of the nation as a means of securing domestic order and advancing their interests. Colley (1992) explains how, during the Napoleonic Wars, the British government employed propaganda to mobilise popular support and volunteers for the war effort.

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