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The Orient was no longer merely Persia, but was gradually coming to designate Asia Minor.

While the Germanic tribes were undermining the empire from the north, the Persians were attacking from the east. Preview — Inventing Europe by Gerard Delanty.

It was founded as a political expedient in order to protect the empire from attacks from Persia. What we are therefore witnessing, in the period under discussion in this chapter, is the transformation of the idea of Europe into a European identi- ty whereby Inenting refers not merely to a geographical area but a system of ‘civilisationaT values.

What may have been of greater significance was the Oriental-western delatny in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries and the Mediterranean civilisation of the sixteenth century Abu-Lugnod, 1 Muslim power spread over Anatolia.

The myth of Aeneas survived into the Middle Ages in the formation of a European myth of origins: From then on the greater division between West and East took on the character of a moral-religious divide with the Occident signifying civilisation and good- ness and the Orient barbarity and evil. It is not possible to see European history as the pro- gressive embodiment of a great unifying idea since ideas are themselves products of inventin.

Mention must ,also be made of a work whose central theme no book on the inventinng of Europe can ignore: This analogy also underlines my contention that the idea ofEurope is never totally controlled by any of the players in the field; it occu- pies the cultural-symbolic space which is competed for by collective identi- ties. In time the separation of the two empires would become a division of eccle- sia versus imperium, or Christendom versus Inventjng.


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As a phjlbsophy prhistory. According to Haypp. The Byzantine Empire never tried to monopolise the notion of Europe, which came to be applied, but never exclusively, to the former western empire after its restoration inventting the Franks and their Germanic successors, the Ottonians.

This was the European myth of the West, which was in subsequent centuries to become an important part of the identity of North America velanty the myth of the limitless frontier of the West.

Chapter 7 proceeds jnventing an argu- ment about the collapse of the idcaof Europe: As such it has tend-: Books by Gerard Delanty. But even this notion of Europe as the Occident had not yet become a unifying idea of consequence.

The collapse of the Carolingian empire led to the emergence of a number of independent Christian kingdoms from the ninth century. The Byzantine Empire had also reached the limit of its expansion and was unable to prevent Islam from encroaching upon its territory.

For the Romans the idea of Europe was not as strongly pronounced as it was in the Middle Ages. Europe became identical with the notion of a Christian common- wealth, with the emphasis being on the north-west.

Inventing Europe: Idea, Identity, Reality

The iventing antithesis in Greek thinking was the dualism of Greeks versus bar- barians Gollwitzer,p. The devel- opment towards a European civilisation centred in the north-west was enhanced by the ascendancy of Delantyy who styled himself the ‘father of Europe’ Fischer, p. We can inventng see how the contours of Europe became visible with the consolidation of two centres of power: Ethno-culturalism was in general focused on other reference points: Then, with the Byzantine empire laying claim to the imperial tradition, the identity of the ihventing half came gradually to rest on Latin Christianity.


By ideology I mean an all-embrac- ing and comprehensive system of thought, a programme for the future, and a political doctrine for the mobilisation of the masses. Europe, as a civilisation, perpetually under threat from outside forces, particularly on its eastern frontier, evolved a cultural ethos which tended to attribute to its own structures of consciousness a uni- versaKstic dlmefisTonTWith the opening of the western frontier after and its subsequent path to world mastery, the idea of Europe increasingly signified a universal culture and European modernity was supposed to be the agent oTuTfiveHafity.

Moreover, an enduring tension remained between the idea of Europe as a geographical concept and the notion of Christendom, the territory of Latin Christianity.

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The The Origins of the Idea of Europe 29 idea of Europe gave to medieval Christendom a certain territorial unity with which it could confront the Orient. During the Dark Ages, from the fourth to the ninth centuries, ‘Europe’ – by which of course we mean Christendom – was unable to assert itself against Islam. This, of course did not become irreversible until much later. It was a siege mentality, an identity born in defeat, not in victory.

Throughout delxnty Middle Ages, the idea of Europe was linked to the idea of the Christian West and served as a hege-! Values, in contrast, are particularistic, they do not V f carTV lhc sanic claims 10 universal validity that we attach to norms.

In the Latin West, in contrast, the pattern of cultural and political identity formation rested on a separation of slate and church.