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  • Hardcover: 561 pages
  • Publisher: Verso; 1 edition (December 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184467312X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844673124
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,396,204 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A hugely ambitious and panoramic political book.”—Andy Beckett, Guardian

“As insightful, combative and invigorating as its illustrious predecessors.”—Mark Mazower, Nation

“Anderson is among the most insightful and policy-relevant analysts of modern Europe.”—Andrew Moravcsik, Foreign Affairs

“Fascinating.”—Glyn Morgan, Dissent

“European pieties go under the knife.”—John Lloyd, Financial Times

“A magisterial view of the evolution of the European Union.”—Anne McElvoy, New Statesman

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

“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.”—Nataša Kova?evi?, Mediations

“A scintillating display of fireworks.”—Times Higher Educational Supplement

“Vast and sometimes brilliant.”—Economist

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

About the Author

Perry Anderson is the author of, among other books, Spectrum, Lineages of the Absolutist State, Passages from Antiquity to Feudalism, Considerations on Western Marxism, English Questions, The Origins of Postmodernity, and The New Old World. He teaches history at UCLA and is on the editorial board of New Left Review.

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By William Podmore on May 4, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Perry Anderson, Professor of History and Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles, has produced a brilliant study of the EU, the organisation which poses the greatest threat to us in Britain today. He displays, as usual, his peerless acuity and huge range of reference.

This book includes superb surveys of France, Germany, Italy, Cyprus and Turkey, but not of Britain. Anderson explains grandly, "I do not regret the omission of Britain, whose history since the fall of Thatcher has been of little moment." (It was not a `fall' - we pushed her out.) He refers to `England' three pages later, then to Britain again, then to the UK, a slippage whose uncharacteristic uncertainty betrays his disdain for its object.

He shows that the EU had no democratic foundations. Jean Monnet, the `father of Europe', was an international financier, never elected to anything. Now the EU `more and more openly flouts the popular will'.

Anderson rightly cites last year's fall in EU election turnout, to 43 per cent, as evidence that the EU `wants even a modicum of popular credibility'. Yet he inconsistently writes of US elections that high abstention rates are `the surest sign of popular contentment with society as it is'.

Anderson observes sensibly of Le Pen's Front National, "Immigration is a minority phenomenon, virtually by definition, as war between the classes was not. In consequence, xenophobic responses to it, however ugly, have little power of political multiplication.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By BrightContralto on January 22, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I read Perry Anderson's book shortly before Tony Judt's Postwar, and so naturally held each up to the light cast by the other. While Judt's survey largely resists interrogating the intellectual penumbrae of the social developments he meticulously records (except in the epilogue), Anderson makes these very much his subject.

Anderson's is a useful approach to understanding the orgins of the European Union, which is broadly accepted as an idea imposed from 'above.' His chapter on France, where public intellectuals never went out of fashion, was a pleasure to read. His approach is less successful at explaining the political and economic history of Germany and Central and Eastern Europe - on these subjects Anderson's Marxist/anti-British outlook seems to intrude overly. That said, his account of Cyprus is compelling.

In addition to the sometimes intrusive and tiresome Marxist angle, the almost complete lack of reference to women in Anderson's book is bizarre. Sartre, for example, has seven references in the index; de Beauvoir one (a name-check). Judt similarly gives short shrift to the women's movement. Both writers dismiss female politicians with personal or sexual put-downs not bestowed upon their male counterparts.

Other than this failure to explore the contribution of half the population to the intellectual and social development of Europe since the second world war, the two books together offer a good introduction to the period. Judt's book is the more comprehensive but Anderson has a more entertaining style when he's in his element.
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10 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mark Warren on May 24, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book was for me a disappointment - but may not be for you. That Anderson does not include the UK and accuses the EU of being too slavish to American dictates (the American policy with Israel being one) was spot on. But his political views (historians have political views too) are too close to those of that other Americanized Brit Christopher Hitchens for my liking. Being an Americanized lefty is not like being a European lefty. There is a massive difference.

I was born in the UK but have lived the past 27 years in Germany; seeing the fall of the wall (at first hand), and following the daily ups and downs of German politics, having my German grammar corrected by my son, laughing at German humor, yes the Germans have comedians and can be funny, Anderson's chapter on Germany reads like an academic disconnect. One of the problems with academics is that they can intellectualize the life out of a subject. Sure: the book is chocker-block with philosophers and thinkers who have contributed to European thinking, Habermas is quoted on almost every page in the Germany chapter, but one has to wonder whether Anderson gets the compassion side of the EU, born from the terrible destruction of the Second World War, this seems to be missing. And criticizing him on his own ground, I would say that, although he quotes many philosophers he fails to mention like so many Anglo-American thinkers, the important intellectual contribution postwar continental existentialism has made in forming the EU. Unfortunately existentialism is something that Anglo-Saxon thinkers have a hard time dealing with.
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