Re:Thinking Europe – An Anthology

What is Europe? This question is ever more pressing, as present day Europe wallows in crisis – its deepest since the process of European integration took off in the 1950s. This current state of affairs sets the stage for the anthology ‘Re:Thinking Europe’.

This book brings together leading international thinkers – from Philipp Blom, Kalypso Nicolaïdis  to Larry Siedentop – in a feverish quest to better understand Europe’s present state. They engage in the paradoxes and puzzles of European identity and present new answers to the eternal question regarding ‘the essence of Europe’.

In addition to these current day reflections, a selection of often overlooked classical texts that have proved fundamental importance for Europe have been selected. Speeches, essays and thoughts by, among others, Jean Monnet, Konrad Adenauer, Charles de Gaulle, Milan Kundera, Margaret Thatcher, György Konrád and Barack Obama.

The anthology will be officially released during the Forum in presence of Larry Siedentop, Stella Ghervas, Tom Holland and Philipp Blom.

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A selection of the contributors:

Ivan Krastev (1965, BG) is a Bulgarian political scientist and commentator. He is currently chairman of the Centre for Liberal Strategies in Sofia and permanent fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna (IWM). He teaches, speaks, and writes many times about the crisis of democracy in Europe. He is the author of provocative books such as In Mistrust We Trust: Can Democracy Survive When We Don’t Trust Our Leaders? (2013) and Democracy Disrupted: The Politics of Global Protest (2014).

Philipp Blom is a German historian, novelist and journalist. His historical books on European history such as The Vertigo Years (2008) and A Wicked Company (2010) have been awarded with many international prizes.

Kalypso Nicolaidis is a Greek-French Professor of International Relations at the University of Oxford. Her latest book publications include: European Stories: Intellectual Debates on Europe in National Contexts and Mediterranean Frontiers: Borders, Memory and Conflict in a Transnational Era.

Tom Holland is a British historian and author. He wrote Rubicon: The Triumph and Tragedy of the Roman Republic, which won the Hessell-Tiltman Prize for History and was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize. His newest book, In the Shadow of the Sword, covers the collapse of Roman and Persian power in the Near East, and the emergence of Islam.

Stella Ghervas is a Swiss author, essayist and historian with roots in Eastern Europe. Her research focuses on the political and cultural foundations of European unification. She has lectured on four continents and is currently an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and an Associate of the Department of History at Harvard University. Among her many publications are Réinventer la tradition: Alexandre Stourdza et l’Europe de la Sainte-Alliance, which was awarded the Guizot Prize of the Académie Française in 2009, and Conquering Peace: From the Enlightenment to the European Union, which is forthcoming from Harvard University Press. For more information see:

Larry Siedentop is a U.S.-born British political philosopher. He is the acclaimed author of Democracy in Europe (2001) and Inventing the Individual (2014) in which he represents radical and challenges new ideas on the origins of our ideas of the individual, liberty, moral responsibility and equality. Siedentop frequently contributes to major newspapers such as the Financial Times and The Times. He was made CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in 2004 for services to political thought and higher education.

Benno Barnard (Netherlands, 1954) is a Dutch poet, novelist, playwright and translator. He debuted in 1981 and published a number of poems, essays and novels since then, often reflecting on post war European identity. Since 2010 Barnard got increasing media attention after his lecture Leve God, weg met Allah at the University of Antwerp was interrupted by Sharia4Belgium. After living in Belgium for twelve years, Barnard recently moved to Essex, United Kingdom.

Claudia Sternberg (Germany) is a senior lecturer at the University of Leeds School of Fine Art in the field of History of Art and Cultural Studies. In her book The Struggle for EU Legitimacy: Public Contestation, 1950-2005 (2013). Sternberg researches the history of legitimating the EU as a never-ending contest over the ends and goals of integration, and analyses it as constant act of balancing. It was awarded the UACES Prize for Best Book in Contemporary European Studies. Her current research addresses questions of cultural and individual memory, predominantly in the context of migratory and diasporic experiences.

Edited and selected with the help of Professor of Contemporary European History at the University of Maastricht, Mathieu Segers.

Published by Amsterdam University Press

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