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Cultural Borders of Europe: Narratives, Concepts and Practices in the Present and the Past

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Cultural Borders of Europe

Narratives, Concepts and Practices in the Present and the Past

Edited by Mats Andrén, Thomas Lindkvist, Ingmar Söhrman and Katharina Vajta

218 pages, 9 figures, 1 map, 4 tables, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78533-590-7 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (August 2017)

ISBN  978-1-78920-068-3 $29.95/£23.95 Pb Published (December 2018)

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“[Published] in the outstanding Berghahn Books 'Making Sense of History' series, [this] seminal work of scholarship throughout, Cultural Borders of Europe is an especially and unreservedly recommended addition to both community and academic library Contemporary International Studies collections.” • Midwest Book Review

“This very rich anthology, with contributions from many strands of the humanities and social sciences, should enrich the field of border(ing) studies that is now in high demand.” • Thomas Lundén, Södertörn University


The cultural borders of Europe are today more visible than ever, and with them comes a sense of uncertainty with respect to liberal democratic traditions: whether treated as abstractions or concrete realities, cultural divisions challenge concepts of legitimacy and political representation as well as the legal bases for citizenship. Thus, an understanding of such borders and their consequences is of utmost importance for promoting the evolution of democracy. Cultural Borders of Europe provides a wide-ranging exploration of these lines of demarcation in a variety of regions and historical eras, providing essential insights into the state of European intercultural relations today.

Mats Andrén is Professor of the History of Ideas at the University of Gothenburg, where he also previously served as director of the Centre for European Research. His most recent book is Nuclear Waste Management and Legitimacy: Nihilism and Responsibility (Routledge, 2012).

Thomas Lindkvist was Professor of Medieval History at the University of Gothenburg 1999-2016. His latest publication is Trade and Civilization. Economic Networks and Cultural Ties, from Prehistory to the Early Modern Era, coedited with Kristian Kristiansen and Janken Myrdal (Cambridge University Press, 2018).

Ingmar Söhrman was Professor of Romance languages at the University of Gothenburg. Among his publications is Diachronic and Typical Perspectives on Verbs (John Benjamins, 2013), coedited with Folke Josephson.

Katharina Vajta is senior lecturer in French at the Department of Languages and Literatures at the University of Gothenburg, where she also is Head of Department.

Subject: History (General) Cultural Studies (General)
Area: Europe


List of Figures and Tables

Mats Andrén & Ingmar Söhrman


Chapter 1. Territorial and Religious Identifications in Europe
Linda Berg

Chapter 2. Europe with or without Muslims: Creating and Maintaining Cultural Boundaries
Göran Larsson & Riem Spielhaus

Chapter 3. Ilm al-Hududuyya: Un-Inheriting Eurocentricity
Klas Grinell


Chapter 4. When the Intercultural Goes National:  Textbooks as Sites of Struggle
Katharina Vajta

Chapter 5. The Pluricentric Borders of Bavaria
Barbara Loester

Chapter 6. The Influence of Imagined Linguistic Performances
Ingmar Söhrman


Chapter 7. Mental Barriers Replacing Nation-State Borders
Fernand Fehlen

Chapter 8. Crossing Borders and Redefining Oneself: The Treacherous Life of Aino Kallas
Katarina Leppänen

Chapter 9. Evolving Symbolic Divides: in Basque Language Promotion Logos
Johan Järlehed


Chapter 10. The Controversial Concept of European Identity
Mats Andrén

Chapter 11. The EU as a ‘Large Space’? Carl Schmitt and the Contemporary Dilemmas of Political Rituals and Cultural Borders
Jon Wittrock

Chapter 12. How Prehistory Becomes Crucial for Border Making
Per Cornell

Thomas Lindkvist & Katharina Vajta


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