Imagining Europe: Essays on the Past, Present and Future of the European Union examines the EU from a variety of perspectives. The collection begins with the expectation that, despite its challenges, the European Union is here to say, but it also proceeds from the premise that imaginative thinking is necessary to guide the 27 member organization into the future. The book offers nine chapters and a substantive introduction to examine the EU from the point-of-view of a commercial enterprise, the writings of José Ortega y Gasset, immigration and public opinion, its relationship with China, its management of political populism, the American Federalist papers—and more. The first chapter is a summary of the history, structure and processes of the European Union for the convenience of those using this text in the classroom. The last chapter considers this latest chapter of European development, in light of the historical quest for a united Europe. The contributors to the volume are scholars residing in the U.S., Poland, France, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, and Turkey.
Henry T. Edmondson III is Carl Vinson Chair of Political Science and Public Administration in the Department of Government at Georgia College.
Peter Mentzel is Marguerite Langdale Pizer Professor of International Relations at Valdosta State University.
Chapter One: A Flyover of the European UnionPeter C. Mentzel and Aaron Bellamy
Chapter Two: Europe’s Commercial Order and the Crisis of Nationalism: The “Jealousy of Trade,” Brexit, Lexit, and Rexit
Chapter Three: Discord or Collaboration? The Rise of China and Transatlantic Relations
Michael Baun and Dan Marek
Chapter Four: Against Disassociation: Unity and Pluralism in José Ortega y Gasset
Chapter Five: Immigration and the Place of Islam in Europe’s Imagination:
Reading on Muslim Immigrants in European Print Media between 1999-2009
Chapter Six: Me, the People: Under the Sway of Populist LeadersKaren Horn
Chapter Seven: Saved by Faction? A Federalist Essay #10 Commentary on the Dangers and Disadvantages of Post-Brexit Intolerance
Henry T. Edmondson III & Claire Elaine Korzekwa
Chapter Eight: The Rise of the European Parliament and Its Role in the Democratisation of the European Community (1979-1989)
Chapter Nine: The Quest for European Identity(ies)
What is Europe? What is the European Union? If these questions were What is Europe? What is the European Union? If these questions were straightforward, we would not be needing a collection of extremely perceptive essays that “Imagining Europe” is. But Europe is complicated, the EU maybe even more so. The essays, knowledgably selected by Peter C. Mentzel and Henry T. Edmondson III, cover a wide spectrum of Europe’s most convoluted issues. From the current crop of populist leaders via the place of Islam on the continent to Chinese influence and Transatlantic relations. To the point and insightful, “Imagining Europe” is a must read for scholars, students or simply Europhiles.