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European Elites and Ideas of Empire, 1917–1957

European Elites and Ideas of Empire, 1917–1957


Part of New Studies in European History

  • Date Published: June 2016
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107120624

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  • Who thought of Europe as a community before its economic integration in 1957? Dina Gusejnova illustrates how a supranational European mentality was forged from depleted imperial identities. In the revolutions of 1917 to 1920, the power of the Hohenzollern, Habsburg and Romanoff dynasties over their subjects expired. Even though Germany lost its credit as a world power twice in that century, in the global cultural memory, the old Germanic families remained associated with the idea of Europe in areas reaching from Mexico to the Baltic region and India. Gusejnova's book sheds light on a group of German-speaking intellectuals of aristocratic origin who became pioneers of Europe's future regeneration. In the minds of transnational elites, the continent's future horizons retained the contours of phantom empires. This title is available as Open Access.

    • Proposes a view of the European revolutions in transnational perspective
    • Reconstructs the history of European identity as a history of intellectual communities
    • Helps to historicise German social theory and the theory of elites
    • This title is available as Open Access
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    'European Elites and Ideas of Empire, 1917–1957 has much to say about post-World War I elite attitudes toward the downfall of continental empires and postwar identity among German-speaking European elites. Rather than retreat into lives of resentment, resignation, or quiet dissolution, these men coped with the trauma of empire's end not only by re-envisioning European 'imperial' units but also by taking steps, whatever their results, to make it happen. … [Gusejnova's] study reveals a fascinating and distinctly eastern European branch of the intellectual genealogy of European unification.' Matthew G. Stanard, H-Empire

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2016
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107120624
    • length: 360 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 159 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.75kg
    • contains: 27 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Celebrity of Decline:
    1. Famous deaths: subjects of imperial decline
    2. Shared horizons: the sentimental elite in the Great War
    Part II. Power of Prestige:
    3. Soft power: pan-Europeanism after the Habsburgs
    4. The German princes: an aristocratic fraction in the democratic age
    5. Crusaders of civility: the legal internationalism of the Baltic Barons
    Part III. Phantom Empires:
    6. Knights of many faces: the dream of chivalry and its dreamers
    7. Apostles of elegy: Bloomsbury's continental connections

  • Author

    Dina Gusejnova, University of Sheffield
    Dina Gusejnova is a Lecturer in Modern History at the University of Sheffield. Born in Moscow, she has taught at Queen Mary University of London, University College London, the University of Chicago and the University of Cambridge, where she received her Ph.D.

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