The Rise of Regional Europe (Historical Connections) by Christop Harvie

By Christop Harvie

Within the Nineteen Seventies and Eighties there has been a gradual move of strength in mainland Europe to new, strong local specialists and those, of their flip, began to building up a brand new kind of intra-European co-operation. With the acceleration of eu integration, the increase of the multinational enterprise and new media and shipping applied sciences, the normal defence-based geographical regions are lower than probability. during this difficult learn, Christopher Harvie alters the ways that we have now frequently surveyed the eu previous via environment the optimistic and disadvantages of the current ecu state of affairs of their ancient context. He reappraises the actors of `national' politics, the endurance of varieties of civic and internationalist discourse and eventually seems on the transactions that have created `bourgeois regionalism', and its implications for the way forward for Europe. Harvie argues that we're in basic terms starting to have an understanding of the shift in attention, in addition to in politics and management, that an built-in Europe will contain.

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There were statues of Goethe and Schiller, Bismarck and Emperor Wilhelm I throughout the country; the programme of the student societies at the universities was pan-German; to the Lutheran Church ‘obedience to the state was a divinely ordained command’ and military service was a universal experience of German youth (Stern 1987:183). In Germany, political decentralisation was countered by such attempts at cultural unity; in France, despite the Jacobin tradition, nationality was challenged by a powerful provincial culture.

Technology, on the other hand, offered opportunistic national elites the chance to achieve rapid unification at someone else’s expense; and the United States demonstrated in the Civil War that violence was equally attractive to a democracy. ). The attraction of economic nationalism varied inversely with the strength of free trade principles. Where subsidy, cartels and protection were important—as became increasingly the case—civic elites either declined or sidled into the lobbies of the national legislature (Borchardt 1973:138).

Just when the city-region was emerging as an intellectual framework marrying civics and space, the Versailles settlement would give a further lease of life to the ethnicdefensive ideal of nationalism. 22 3 Regional elites and regional culture DRAMATIS PERSONAE I live 70 miles from Switzerland, visit fairly frequently, receive Swiss television, and I can think of precisely three rather random Swiss politicians: Bonvin, Niggli and Kopp. I don’t think I’m alone. Smallscale politics means small-scale careers.

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