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Rethinking Europe by Chris Rumford, Gerard Delanty

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7    Organizing European space

Borderlands, ‘undivided Europe’ and spatiality beyond territory

Europe is unfamiliar territory. That is to say, Europe conceived as a unified political space is a novelty, and thinking about it requires us to reconsider the territorial assumptions which guide conventional thinking about the spaces of European politics. We are accustomed to think about places as discrete, bounded and nationally-constituted and, in the case of Europe for much of the twentieth century, these places were divided from each other by state politics which sought to affirm the importance of national borders. In addition, the Iron Curtain further divided European countries into antagonistic political blocs, or, in the case of Germany and ...

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