Eurocentrism in European History and Memory
Eurocentrism in European History and Memory
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List of illustrations Foreword Joep Leerssen 1. Eurocentrism in European History and Memory: Introduction Marjet Brolsma, Robin de Bruin and Matthijs Lok PART I: HISTORY & HISTORIOGRAPHY 2. The Past and Present of European Historiography - between Marginalisation and Functionalisation? Stefan Berger 3. The fragmented Continent. The Invention of European Pluralism in History Writing from the Eighteenth- to the Twenty-first Century Matthijs Lok 4. Eurocentrism in Research on Mass Violence U?ur Ümit Üngör 5. Muslim EuRossocentrism: Ismail Gasprinskii's Russian Islam (1881) Michael Kemper PART II: LITERATURE & ART 6. David's Member - Or Eurocentrism and Its Paintings. Late Twentieth Century - The Example of Vienna Wolfgang Schmale 7. Women Walking, Women Dancing: Motion, Gender and Eurocentrism Joep Leerssen 8. Shakespeare, England, Europe and Eurocentrism Ton Hoenselaars 9. Being Eurocentric within Europe: Nineteenth-century English and Dutch Literary Historiography and Oriental Spain Yolanda Rodríguez Pérez 10. The Elephant on the Doorstep? East European Perspectives on Eurocentrism Alex Drace-Francis PART III: EU & MEMORY 11. A Guided Tour into the Question of Europe Jan Ifversen 12. Constructing the European Cultural Space: A Matter of Eurocentrism? Claske Vos 13. Index

Reviews and Features

"This is a very insightful collection of well-written essays, covering a wide range of issues and appealing to a wide public. It is both comprehensive in its outlook, as well as rich in detail. Its refreshing and multifaceted approach provides a welcome contribution to the research on Eurocentrism."
- Elbrich Offringa, Journal of European Integration History 26.1 (2020)

"This is an excellent collection of essays, which will undoubtedly become a standard reference work in the field of European history and cultural studies."
- Jan Vermeiren, University of East Anglia

"Eurocentrism in History and Memory offers a fresh look at the genesis, essential features, and historical transformation of the idea of Eurocentrism, and thus enables a better understanding of its manifestations in European culture and society in the past and present. Written in a lively style and offering rich illustrative material ensures that this well-researched book will appeal both to specialists in the humanities and social sciences, as well as to a wider range of readers."
- Boris Gubman, The European Legacy, Vol. 27, Iss. 6

Eurocentrism in European History and Memory

Eurocentrism means seeing the world in Europe’s terms and through European eyes. This may not be unreasonable for Europeans, but there are unforeseen consequences. Eurocentric history implies that a scientific modernity has diffused out from Europe to benefit the rest of the world, through colonies and development aid. It involves the imposition of European norms on places and times where they are often quite inappropriate. In Eurocentrism in European History and Memory, well-known scholars explore and critically analyse manifestations of Eurocentrism in representations of the European past from different disciplines — history, literature, art, memory and cultural policy — as well as from different geographical perspectives. The book investigates the role imaginings of the European past since the eighteenth century played in the construction of a Europeanist worldview and the ways in which ‘Europe’ was constructed in literature and art.

Marjet Brolsma

Marjet Brolsma is Assistant Professor in European Cultural History at the European Studies department of the University of Amsterdam. She has been a research assistant at the Study Platform on Interlocking Nationalisms (SPIN), and published on intellectuals and the Great War, national identity discourses and ideas of Europe.

Robin de Bruin

Robin de Bruin is Assistant Professor of European Studies at the University of Amsterdam, with a current research focus on the relationship between decolonization and European integration. He lectures on Modern European History, including European integration.

Matthijs Lok

Matthijs Lok is Senior Lecturer in Modern European History, University of Amsterdam