European Union and the Deconstruction of the Rhineland Frontier

European Union and the Deconstruction of the Rhineland Frontier

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Michael Loriaux
Cambridge University Press, 9/11/2008
EAN 9780521707077, ISBN10: 0521707072

Paperback, 350 pages, 22.8 x 15.2 x 2.2 cm
Language: English

The Rhineland region includes the core regional economy of western Europe, encompassing Belgium, Luxemburg and parts of the Netherlands, France, Switzerland and Germany. Throughout history there have been tensions between this region's roles as a frontier and as western Europe's economic core. Michael Loriaux argues that the European Union arose from efforts to deconstruct this frontier. He traces Rhineland geopolitics back to its first emergence, restoring frontier deconstruction to the forefront of discussion about the EU. He recounts how place names were manipulated to legitimate political power and shows how this manipulation generated the geopolitics that the EU now tries to undo. Loriaux also argues that the importance of this issue has significantly affected the nature of the EU's development and helps condition a festering legitimation crisis.

1. Myth and geopolitics of the Rhineland frontier
2. Trans Rhenum incolunt
the inauguration of the Rhineland frontier
3. A 'principality of priests'
the inauguration of Europe
4. Anonymity and prosperity
5. The great antecedent cracking
6. Coups de force
Ossian and the département
7. Wacht am Rhein
the Ossianic fracture of Rhineland space
8. Carolingian discourse and Rhineland pacification
9. Spatial representation and the political imagination.