Why Europe, Which Europe? A Debate on Contemporary European History as a Field of Research, edited and directed by Sonja Levsen (Freiburg) and Jörg Requate (Kassel) in cooperation with the Max Weber-Foundation (https://europedebate.hypotheses.org)

Jörg Requate, Fachbereich Gesellschaftswissenschaften, Universität Kassel

Between national spaces of historical enquiry on the one hand and global history on the other: What are European history’s contributions to understanding the past – and the present? What are its challenges at present, and how can they be met?

These questions, surprisingly, have never been discussed in a truly European perspective. EuropeDebate aims to kick off such a debate. It provides a platform for a dialogue among historians from a broad range of historiographies. We aim to both pluralise the debate and to integrate perspectives from fields that usually are not in contact with each other. We take up the productive challenge of global history to search out new avenues for doing European history. We discuss perceptions of crisis – of Europe, of European history – and ask about their consequences.
Moving from broad to more specific questions, contributors search out new avenues for doing European history in the future. After EuropeDebates’s first round in fall 2020, contributors in spring 2021 (starting on March 15, 2021), take arguments further, develop new ideas and interact with earlier contributions. Each week a new contribution will be published. Readers are invited to discuss the contributions on Twitter, https://twitter.com/DebateEuropean. Read the editors’ introductory essay "Why Europe, Which Europe?" (https://europedebate.hypotheses.org/86)

Upcoming essays:

Giovanni Orsina, (Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali (LUISS)/ Free International University of Social Studies Rome, Italie) : “Europeripheralism” (https://europedebate.hypotheses.org/585)

Sandrine Kott, (University of Genova, Switzerland): “European Internationalism”

Maciej Górny (Tadeusz Manteuffel Institute of History Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland): “A Fiction of Unity: Practical Remarks on a Theoretical Debate”

Ferenc Laczó, Pablo del Hierro, Camilo Erlichman (University of Maastricht, Netherlands)
“Reconceptualization and Renewal: On Writing Contemporary European History Today”.

Dubravka Stojanović (University of Belgrade, Serbia): “The Yugoslav experience as a lesson and alarm”.

Xosé Manoel Núñez Seixas (University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain): “On weak and strong nation-building. European national histories seen from their margins”.

Erla Hulda Halldórsdóttir (University of Iceland, Iceland). Title to be supplied

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