The New Old World

A magisterial analysis of Europe's development since the end of the Cold War.
The New Old World looks at the history of the European Union, the core continental countries within it, and the issue of its further expansion into Asia. It opens with a consideration of the origins and outcomes of European integration since the Second World War, and how today's EU has been theorized across a range of contemporary disciplines. It then moves to more detailed accounts of political and cultural developments in the three principal states of the original Common Market—France, Germany and Italy. A third section explores the interrelated histories of Cyprus and Turkey that pose a leading geopolitical challenge to the Community. The book ends by tracing ideas of European unity from the Enlightenment to the present, and their bearing on the future of the Union. The New Old World offers a critical portrait of a continent now increasingly hailed as a moral and political example to the world at large.


  • “He approaches the EU with the deepest skepticism, and finds much to justify the use of his blade.”
  • “Anderson is among the most insightful and policy-relevant analysts of modern Europe.”
  • “One of the best political, historical and literary essayists of the age.”
  • “As insightful, combative and invigorating as its illustrious predecessors.”
  • “This is a hugely ambitious and panoramic political book, of a sort rarely attempted in our era of quick leader biographies and reheated histories of the Second World War.”


  • Pablo Inglesias: Podemos will fold the ECB and quit NATO

    Interview with Pablo Inglesias by Matteo Pucciarelli, La Repubblica, 20 November 2014

    "With Tsipras in Greece and with us in Spain, the power conditioning the ECB’s actions will be very strong. We need to build an alliance of southern countries, as change in one state alone is impossible. If Tsipras wins in Greece then we can begin to build a southern alliance to stop austerity."

    A year ago he was a well-known TV pundit, a young university professor at the Madrid Complutense nicknamed el coleta (on account of his pony tail). Today the 36 year old Pablo Iglesias is the newly elected general secretary of what the surveys are calling the biggest party in Spain: Podemos, ‘We Can’. A movement that had five MEPs elected in May’s European elections, appearing with a radical Left programme but simultaneously rejecting this label and upending the classic schemas: ‘because the word “Left” is a metaphor inadequate to these times’.

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  • Interview with Perry Anderson in the Italian Magazine L'espresso

    Italy is not an anomaly in Europe, but something like a concentrate of it, runs the central argument of Perry Anderson's recent article, mistitled "The Italian Disaster, in the London Review of Books,. In a recent interview with Leonardo Clausi for the Italian news magazine L'espresso, Anderson comments on the European elections and the new President of the European Council, Matteo Renzi.

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  • Eurozone Mobilization Reading List

    The 2014 European Parliament elections are scheduled to begin today coinciding with the 2014 local elections in England and Northern Ireland. Could these elections suffice to manifest a programme and force that empowers significant progress for the left? Etienne Balibar, in his essay most recent essay Useless European Elections? says “Obviously not. A rebirth of the political Left in Europe needs more, and other forms of trans-border mobilization.” 

    Here, Verso presents a reading list which aims to analyze, criticize, and mobilize the Lefts voice toward the Eurozone’s development.

    All books listed are available for direct purchase from our site at discounts of 40% off paperbacks, 30% off hardcovers, and 50% off ebooks, with free shipping, and ebooks bundled with your print purchase where available. 

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