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Imagining European Unity since 1000 AD


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Patrick Pasture
    Pages 11-31
  3. Patrick Pasture
    Pages 49-61
  4. Patrick Pasture
    Pages 62-88
  5. Patrick Pasture
    Pages 89-118
  6. Patrick Pasture
    Pages 119-156
  7. Patrick Pasture
    Pages 157-184
  8. Patrick Pasture
    Pages 185-195
  9. Patrick Pasture
    Pages 196-205
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 206-273

About this book


European unity is a dream that has appealed to the imagination since the Middle Ages. Its motives have varied from a longing for peace to a deep-rooted abhorrence of diversity, as well as a yearning to maintain Europe's colonial dominance. This book offers a multifaceted history that takes in account the European imagination in a global context.


European integration history European unity peace diversity empire enlightenment Europe European Integration history integration nation revolution

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of LeuvenBelgium

About the authors

Patrick Pasture is Professor of History and Director of the Master Programme in European Studies: Transnational and Global Perspectives at the University of Leuven, Belgium.

Bibliographic information


“Its critical meta-narrative stressing the dark sides and shortcomings attending the imaginings of European unity appears both timely and empirically sound. … this book without doubt not only sets new accents for European studies but also qualifies as an introductory textbook for students.” (Florian Greiner, European History Quarterly, Vol. 48 (1), 2018)

“A strikingly rich and nuanced picture of the political and intellectual historical pedigree of European integration … .” (R. Lesaffer, American Historical Review, February, 2017)

“It brilliantly shows that, beyond irenic discourses which present Europe as a land of freedom, tolerance, and diversity, there is another reality and another history of violence, exclusion, and obsession with uniformity” (Carl Bouchard, Peace & Change, Vol. 42 (1), January, 2017)

“Historians have rarely offered such a well-balanced and well informed history of (Anti-)Europeanism … .” (Peter Pichler, History, Vol. 102 (349), January, 2017)

“It is learned, impressively so, without being boring for even a single page, and it is subversive since it shows the dark sides of the noble quest for peace – an inbuilt tendency of the integration project to suppress diversity and to dominate. The current circumstance of Europe gives it a particularly sharp edge”. (J. H. H. Weiler, European Journal of International Law, Vol. 28 (1), 2017)

“The period of time covered is, certainly, wide and multifaceted, and the nine chapters that make up the book are densely filled with historical details and information. … Imagining European Unity since 1000 AC encourages a reflection on the lessons from the past, illuminating the understanding of the present.” (Marta Postigo Asenjo, Global Intellectual History, Vol. 1 (2), 2017)

“Pasture’s complex analysis works against the historiographic grain for studies on Europeans search for unity. … Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper division undergraduates and above.” (P. G. Wallace, Choice, December, 2015)