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Geopolitics in Post-Wall Europe
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Geopolitics in Post-Wall Europe
Security, Territory and Identity

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May 1997 | 272 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
The fall of the Berlin Wall symbolized a dramatic turning-point in the history of European politics and security. Geopolitics in Post-Wall Europe highlights the new relations between politics, culture, and territory. It analyzes the major geopolitical shifts in the connection between security and identity. Part I covers the general geopolitical tendencies in Europe, including conflicts between "culturism" and universalism, between national-romantic primordialism and cosmopolitan post-national identities, and between territory and escape from territory. Part II deals with potential tensions between Russia and Europe and the possible emergence of a new European "wall" between an extended NATO on the one hand and Russia and the CIS on the other. Part III focuses on the borderland between Europe, Russia, and the Muslim world, with particular emphasis on the former Yugoslavia as a site of conflict between the new "metaphorical empires." While this book is written primarily for scholars and students of political science, international relations and political geography, it will also be of interest to diplomats and journalists.

Ola Tunander
Introduction
 
PART ONE: A NEW EUROPEAN ORDER: GENERAL TENDENCIES
Ola Tunander
Post-Cold War Europe
A Synthesis of a Bipolar Friend-Foe Structure and a Hierarchic Cosmos-Chaos Structure?

 
Pierre Hassner
Obstinate and Obsolete
Non-Territorial Transnational Forces versus the European Territorial State

 
Ole Waever
Imperial Metaphors
Emerging European Analogies to Pre-Nation-State Imperial Systems

 
Uffe [sl]Ostergaard
Nation States and Empires in the Current Process of European Change
Shireen T Hunter
Europe's Relations with the Muslim World
Emerging Patterns of Conflict and Cooperation

 
 
PART TWO: RUSSIA AND THE WEST - FROM COLD WAR TO A `COLD PEACE'?
Iver B Neumann
The Geopolitics of Delineating `Russia' and `Europe'
The Creation of the `Other' in European and Russian Tradition

 
Pavel K Baev
Russia's Departure from Empire
Self-Assertiveness and a New Retreat

 
Yuriy Borko
Possible Scenarios for Geopolitical Shift in Russian-European Relations
 
PART THREE: THE BALKANS: BETWEEN EUROPE AND THE `OTHER'
Christopher Cviic
The New Balance of Power in South-Eastern Europe
Notes Towards a Provisional Assessment

 
Victoria Ingrid Einagel
Lasting Peace in Bosnia? Politics of Territory and Identity
Edward Mortimer
Concluding Remarks

`The analyses are wide-ranging, anti-determinist and sensitive to culture and accident. None crudely computes power. The book is a product of passion and commitment... This makes the essays refreshing, engaging and instructive in a way unattainable by pretended objectivity' - International Affairs

`This volume is an ambitious attempt to rethink the ways in which Europe is portrayed in the discipline of International Relations... The project offers some interesting contemporary material, and some excellent individual chapters.... The contemporary examples and its eschewal of a statist framework of analysis make the book worth our attention' - Millennium - Journal of International Studies

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