The Idea of Europe: Enlightenment Perspectives - cover image

Book Series

Copyright

Rotraud von Kulessa; Catriona Seth

Published On

2017-06-23

ISBN

Paperback978-1-78374-378-0
Hardback978-1-78374-379-7
PDF978-1-78374-380-3
HTML978-1-80064-542-4
XML978-1-78374-415-2
EPUB978-1-78374-381-0
MOBI978-1-78374-382-7

Language

  • English

Print Length

178 pages (xii + 166)

Dimensions

Paperback156 x 10 x 234 mm(6.14" x 0.38" x 9.21")
Hardback156 x 11 x 234 mm(6.14" x 0.44" x 9.21")

Weight

Paperback572g (20.18oz)
Hardback947g (33.40oz)

Media

Illustrations63

OCLC Number

993367305

LCCN

2019452600

BIC

  • DQ
  • HP
  • HPS
  • 1QFE

BISAC

  • LCO008000
  • PHI034000
  • PHI019000
  • HIS010000

Keywords

  • Europe
  • Enlightenment
  • peace
  • European union
  • anthology
  • common values
  • Rousseau
  • Voltaire
  • Kant
  • Hume
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The Idea of Europe

Enlightenment Perspectives

In view of the challenges—many of which are political—that different European countries are currently facing, scholars who work on the eighteenth century have compiled this anthology which includes earlier recognitions of common values and past considerations of questions which often remain pertinent nowadays. During the Enlightenment, many men and women of letters envisaged the continent’s future in particular when stressing their hope that peace could be secured in Europe. The texts gathered here, and signed by major thinkers of the time (Rousseau, Montesquieu, Voltaire, Kant, Hume or Staël for instance), as well as by writers history has forgotten, present the reflections, with a couple of chronological extensions (from Sully to Victor Hugo) of authors from the long eighteenth century—the French Empire and the fall of Napoleon generated numerous upheavals—on Europe, its history, its diversity, but also on what the nations, which, in all their diversity, make up a geographical unit, have in common. They show the historical origins of the project of a European union, the desire to consolidate the continent’s ties to the Maghreb or to Turkey, the importance granted to commerce and the worries engendered by history’s convulsions, but also the hope vested in future generations.
The Idea of Europe follows its sister edition in French, L’idée de l’Europe au Siècle des Lumières, also published by Open Book.

Reviews

The book is excellent for undergraduate teaching, for satisfying general interest, and for academics, students, and the general public to ascertain the essentials of Enlightenment and Romantic thought regarding Europe.

Christie Margrave

"L’Idée de l’Europe au siècle des Lumières. Textes réunis par ROTRAUD VON KULESSA et CATRIONA SETH". French Studies (0016-1128), vol. 72, no. 2, 2018. doi:10.1093/fs/kny066

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Contents

Preface

(pp. 1–6)
  • Rotraud von Kulessa
  • Catriona Seth
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0123.01

Texts

(pp. 7–155)
  • Rotraud von Kulessa
  • Catriona Seth
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0123.02

Contributors

Catriona Seth

(editor)
Marshal Foch Professor of French Literature at University of Oxford

Rotraud von Kulessa

(editor)
Chair of French and Italian Literature at Universität Augsburg