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A Grand Illusion?: An Essay on Europe [Kindle Edition]

Tony Judt
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“I am enthusiastically European; no informed person could seriously wish to return to the embattled, mutually antagonistic circle of suspicious and introverted nations that was the European continent in the quite recent past. But it is one thing to think an outcome desirable, quite another to suppose it is possible. It is my contention that a truly united Europe is sufficiently unlikely for it to be unwise and self-defeating to insist upon it. I am thus, I suppose, a Euro-pessimist.” —Tony Judt

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 282 KB
  • Print Length: 161 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0814743587
  • Publisher: NYU Press (1 May 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005D6QDIE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #439,342 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Needs Updating 26 July 2012
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I always look forward to reading anything by Tony Judt. He also provokes thought even if I don't agree with everything (or sometimes, anything) he says. However he is never boring. He mixes scholarship with a real and accessible thesis. The problem with this book is that it is dated. By its very nature it has been overtaken by events and particularly the Euro and the financial meltdown. It is a useful history of the EU up to 2000 but there prognosis is defeated by the passage of time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent review of our times 3 Jan. 2014
By Jose G.
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Very easy to read but written with the classical Judd clear, honest intelligent mind. A real pleasure to be read and savoured.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tony Judt's "A Grand Illusion" 6 Aug. 2011
By Wes - Published on
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I have discovered Judt's work only in the last few years. His writing and thinking is lucid, and his analysis and ideas provocative in the good sense. His different views of many of the problems facing contemporary Europe are as important as they are unconventional.
5.0 out of 5 stars Read it to understandably recent events... 12 Jun. 2014
By F. A. Cuello - Published on
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...such as why Russia can't stand Ukraine joining NATO, the continued rise of euroskepticism or the exaggerated expectations placed on the European project. This, from a fiercely independent and progressive historian who commands the respect of all, no matter their political beliefs.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Is Europe's future a unified one? 15 May 2000
By Matthew Ellis - Published on
If you are an avid supporter of the European Union, this book will not be a fun read. In this polemical essay, Judt argues that the future of Europe cannot be a unified one and that the EU is ultimately doomed to failure. What is his rationale?
He writes, "The years 1945-1989 are thus coming to seem more and more like a parenthesis." Arguing that nationalism is the most powerful and influential force in Europe, Judt paints a picture of a Europe that has been historically divided. Any attempts at unity will founder because of inherent national differences and nationalist feelings.
Although Judt offers several cogent arguments, his book fails to take into account the current state of optimism in Europe and the fact that the EU has been widely accepted. After a tumultuous century of division (from the powerful pre-WWI nation-states to the Cold War's establishment of East v. West), Europe today seems eager to latch onto a system that would provide some sense of community. Judt ignores this fact. Also, Judt's argument about Germany seems to me to be illogical, and some his evidence is a real stretch.
Judt's book on Europe has some value--it offers some very provocative points about Europe--but in the end, its overly pessimistic view lacks clarity and a solid factual base.
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