"Europe" as Utopia: Causes of Its Decline

Bohrer, Karl Heinz
November 2012
New Literary History;Autumn2012, Vol. 43 Issue 4, p587
Academic Journal
The article explores the concept of European unity as a utopia, and discusses its cultural nature, its origin from crisis and its alleged decline due to diversity, globalization and modernization, and the absence of political unity between Germany and France. Particular focus is given to philosophers and publications including Paul Hazard, Jose Ortega y Gasset, "De l'Allemagne," by Madame de Stael and "The Romantic School," by Heinrich Heine.


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