This major new book tackles key questions on Europe in the context of shifting parameters of East and West. The contributors - sociologists, anthropologists, philosophers and historians - show, from a variety of different perspectives, that the conventional equation of Europe with the West must be questioned. Featuring four thematically organized chapters, the book looks at:

  • a post-Western world
  • Asia in Europe: encounters in history
  • between Europe and Asia
  • otherness in Europe and Asia.

Exploring new expressions of European self-understanding in a way that challenges recent ideological notions of the ‘clash of civilizations’, this outstanding work draws on recent scholarship that shows how Europe and Asia were mutually linked in history and in contemporary perspective. It argues that as a result of current developments and the changing geopolitical context, both Europe and Asia have much in common and that it is possible to speak of cosmopolitan links rather than clashes.

This book will be of great value to students and researchers in the fields of sociology, European politics and history and cultural theory.

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The idea of a post-Western Europe
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part I|65 pages

A post-Western world

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chapter 4|13 pages

Oriental globalization

Past and present
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part II|103 pages

Asia in Europe

chapter 5|15 pages

Contested divergence

Rethinking the “rise of the West”
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chapter 6|15 pages

Discovering the world

Cosmopolitanism and globality in the ‘Eurasian' renaissance
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chapter 7|13 pages

Revealing the cosmopolitan side of Oriental Europe

The eastern origins of European civilisation
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chapter 8|18 pages

Europe and the Mediterranean

A reassessment
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chapter 9|10 pages

Europe and Islam

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chapter 10|13 pages

Citizenship East and West

Reflections on revolutions and civil society
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part III|61 pages

Between Europe and Asia

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Borders and rebordering

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chapter 13|10 pages

Europe after the EU enlargement

‘Cosmopolitanism by small steps'
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chapter 14|12 pages

Turkey between Europe and Asia

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chapter 15|13 pages

Russia as Eurasia

An innate cosmopolitanism
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chapter 16|12 pages

Out of Europe but not in Europe

Israel between ethnic nation-state and Jewish cosmopolitanism
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part IV|75 pages

Otherness in Europe and Asia

chapter 17|14 pages

Europe's otherness

Cosmopolitanism and the construction of cultural unities
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chapter 19|15 pages

Rethinking Asia

Multiplying modernity
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chapter 20|21 pages

Critical intellectuals in a global age

Asian and European encounters
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