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.”


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    In an article that originally appeared in Libération the French Marxist philosopher Étienne Balibar details France's contribution to the decomposition of the European Union via its sabotage of efforts to settle refugees and its complicity in the destruction of the Greek economy. Translated by David Broder.

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  • 'Social Democracy’s Last Rounds' - Wolfgang Streeck for Jacobin

    'When business isn't intimidated enough to accept constraints on its power, capitalism suffocates democracy', so begins Wolfgang Streeck's interview 'Social Democracy's Last Rounds', originally published by Jacobin.  

    Wolfgang Streeck is a director at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne, Germany. His most recent book is Buying Time: The Delayed Crisis of Democratic Capitalism, published by Verso in 2014. 

    It has been a strange few years for European capitalism. The 2008 crisis threw the entire system into disarray, but it was met with draconian austerity packages that seemed to permanently cement a fully liberalized and financialized regional economy.

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  • The European Union: A Reading List

    Last week David Cameron announced that on June 23rd the British public will vote on the question of whether or not to leave the European Union. The debate surrounding Britain's role in Europe has triggered a flurry of conjecture regarding the likely outcome of the referendum and the consequences of a vote to leave the EU. Whilst the narrative of opposition to the EU is largely dominated by the right here we present a reading list of texts that critically engage with the European project from a perspective of internationalism rather than the xenophobia and chauvinism that is so common amongst EU critics. Additional titles analyse the refugee crisis, the Syrian civil war, the Greek debt crisis, and the nature of the contemporary British far right. 

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