What is Europe? A geographical region? A political project? Where does it begin and end? What are its characteristics? These questions have occupied thinkers within and beyond Europe for millennia. The answers they have found shape our ideas of Europe today. This unit introduces students to ideas of Europe from antiquity to the present day. Reading texts by figures from Aristotle to Immanuel Kant, Napoleon Bonaparte, Fyodor Dostoevsky and Winston Churchill, it provides an overview of European history of ideas by examining the history of the European idea itself.
1x500wd textual commentary plan (10%), 1x2000wd textual commentary (30%), 1x500wd essay plan (10%), 1x3000wd essay (50%)
Core text: Alex Drace-Francis, European Identity: A Historical Reader (London: Macmillan, 2013)
12 credit points at 2000 level in the European Studies major