The New Old World
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Hardback with free ebook
561 pages / December 2009 / 9781844673124

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August 2011 / 9781844678068
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592 pages / November 2011 / 9781844677214
“Insightful, combative and invigorating”—Nation
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.


“A hugely ambitious and panoramic political book.”

“As insightful, combative and invigorating as its illustrious predecessors.”

“Anderson is among the most insightful and policy-relevant analysts of modern Europe.”


“European pieties go under the knife.”

“A magisterial view of the evolution of the European Union.”

“Necessary reading for anyone seeking a critical understanding of the EU.”

“In the current climate of Euro-conformism reflected in (mostly technocratic and government-funded) conferences and symposia about the future of Europe and the European Union, Perry Anderson has attempted to open up a democratic, lively public debate about the political and economic directions European countries are taking.”

“A scintillating display of fireworks.”

“Vast and sometimes brilliant.”

“Engaging, but eccentric ... Anderson is perceptive, and scathing... with a wealth of argument and illustration.”

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