Haunted by History
Myths in International Relations
Edited by Cyrill Buffet and Beatrice Heuser
308 pages, index
ISBN 978-1-57181-940-6 $120.00/£85.00 Hb Published (April 1998)
Europe is a continent weighed down by the shadows of its past, its wars, the traditional enmities, the suspicions of neighbours fuelled by historical memories. This has immediate consequences for the understanding and representation of the past: journalists, politicians, historians often apply simplistic, pre-conceived patterns, i.e., myths, to current events, resulting in distorted and misleading analyses. This volume exposes the way some historical myths, such as Balance of Power, Rapallo, the Special Relationship, the Franco-German Couple, the Peril of Islam, are used to blur, not to clarify our understanding of international affairs, even to manipulate contemporary politics.
Cyrill Buffet is Research Fellow at the Centre Marc Bloch, Berlin.
Beatrice Heuser is Lecturer in War Studies at King's College, London.