Is Europe indeed uniting or instead falling apart as a result of anti-immigrant prejudices, a massive Islamic influx, and ancient intra-European hatreds? This innovative and engaging book explores the sources of Europe's culture-based divide, arguing that the idea of two Europes is grounded both in reality and myth. The accession process that brought a dozen new members into the European Union after 2004 has highlighted the persisting gulf between "old" and "new" Europe despite the many physical barriers that have crumbled. Ray Taras examines the treaties, political rhetoric, citizen attitudes, and literary narratives of belonging and separation that both bind and fray the fabric of Europe. Throughout, this interdisciplinary work provides a comprehensive, hard-hitting, and unabashed review of how enlarged Europe embraces contrasting understandings of its political home.
Ray Taras is professor of international relations and director of the world literature program at Tulane University in New Orleans.
Introduction: Old Europe and New Chapter 1: Europe's Institutions and Millennial Expansion Chapter 2: Quarreling Over Institutions in an Enlarging EU Chapter 3: Metacultural Presumptions of European Elites Chapter 4: The Politics of Phobias Chapter 5: European Publics and their Phobias Chapter 6: Ethnic Hierarchies Chapter 7: Narrations of Home Across Borders Chapter 8: Narrating Europe's Phobias Conclusion