Bittersweet Europe: Albanian and Georgian Discourses on Europe, 1878-2008

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Berghahn Books, Aug 1, 2013 - 256 pages
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From the late nineteenth century to the post-communist period, Albanian and Georgian political and intellectual elites have attributed hopes to “Europe,” yet have also exhibited ambivalent attitudes that do not appear likely to vanish any time soon. Albanians and Georgians have evoked, experienced, and continue to speak of “Europe” according to a tense triadic entity—geopolitics, progress, culture—which has generated aspirations as well as delusions towards it and themselves. This unique dichotomy weaves a nuanced, historical account of a changing Europe, continuously marred by uncertainties that greatly affect these countries’ domestic politics as well as foreign policy decisions. A systematic and rich account of how Albanians and Georgians view Europe, this book offers a fresh perspective on the vast East/West literature and, more broadly, on European intellectual, cultural, and political history.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Nationhood and Empire
9
2 From Empire to Independence
28
3 The NationState in the ImperialSupranational Shadow
73
4 Communist Experiences in a Divided Europe
108
5 Return to Europe Closer to Europe
153
Epilogue
197
Bibliography
203
Index
225
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About the author (2013)

Adrian Brisku is a research fellow at the University of Helsinki, working on the “Research Project Europe 1815-1914,” funded by the European Research Council (ERC). His interests include comparative political and intellectual European history with a particular focus on modern Albania and Georgia and nineteenth-century Ottoman and Russian empires.

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