This book proposes a new theoretical framework to move beyond the traditional tenets of modern international relations theory to investigate European integration and shed light on current events.
Based on contemporary analyses, Hegel’s political philosophy, and the fundamental role of historical interpretation, this book addresses the institutional dynamics as well as the discursive practices behind both the Eastern enlargement and the current critical situation. Looking back in particular at European integration in one of its most significant events, namely the enlargement of the European Union to include former Socialist countries, it offers a unique conceptualisation of the nature and limits of European integration and for understanding the current crisis between Brussels and the Visegrád countries, 30 years since the revolutions of 1989.
This book will be of key interest to scholars and students of European integration, European politics and history, and political theory and philosophy.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Harmonisation of History
1. From Anarchy to Logic
2. Defending the Present
3. Threshold: The Open Sovereignty
4. The Accumulation of Meaning
5. Commitments of the Committees
Addendum: The Coming Carnival
Davide Barile teaches foreign languages and philosophy in Bologna, Italy.