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Turbulent and Mighty Continent: What Future for Europe [Kindle Edition]

Anthony Giddens
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Winner of the 2014 European Book Prize.

A "United States of Europe", Winston Churchill proposed in 1946, could "as if by a miracle transform" that "turbulent and mighty continent". "In this way only", he continued, "will hundreds of millions of toilers be able to regain the simple joys and hopes which make life worth living".

Today, nearly seventy years later, over 500 million people live in the member states of the European Union – a greater number than in any other political community save for China and India. The currency of the Union, the euro, is used in economic transactions world-wide. Yet the EU is mired in the greatest crisis of its history, one that threatens its very existence as an entity able to have an impact upon world affairs. Europe no longer seems so mighty, instead but faces the threat of becoming an irrelevant backwater or, worse, once again the scene of turbulent conflicts. Divisions are arising all over Europe, while the popularity of the Union sinks. How can this situation be turned around?

Now published as a revised and updated paperback that takes account of the May 2014 elections to the European Parliament, Turbulent and Mighty Continent makes a powerful case for a far-reaching and fundamental renewal of the European project as a whole. 

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Winner of the European Book Prize for Non–Fiction

"Rich in insights on conceptualising problems and identifying solutions."
LSE Review of Books

"A significant intervention into the debate about Europe′s future."
Gerhard Schröder, former Chancellor of Germany

"An indispensable book at a time when clear thinking about the EU is vital. Deserves to be actively debated across Europe at such a critical juncture in the continent s history."
Javier Solana, former EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Secretary–General of NATO

"In the 1980s the famous Cecchini Report played a crucial role in fostering the single currency. I expect this book by Tony Giddens to play a similar role in the creation of the more integrated Europe essential to us all twenty five years later."
Giuliano Amato, former Prime Minister of Italy

"A great book bout the possibilities for European social democracy in the modern world."
Progress Online

"From the perspective of a new entrant country like Romania, Giddens′ views are as relevant as they are to the founding member states. A must–read for all who are concerned about Europe′s future, whatever shade of opinion they may hold."
Ana Birchall, MP and Member of the European Affairs Commission, Romanian Parliament

"A must–read from one of the leading thinkers of our time, for all who want the European Project to adapt and progress, and preferably do so with the United Kingdom as a committed member of a stronger but also more flexible Union."
Kemal Dervis, Vice–President for Global Economics at the Brookings Institution and former Turkish Minister of Economic Affairs

"...Giddens succeeds in cutting through much of the turgid intramural debate on Europe to offer a clear diagnosis of the European Union s dilemma, and a powerful argument in its favour."
Survival: Global Politics and Strategy

"The author raises a wide range of subjects: global warming, energy consumption, immigration, digital economy, diplomacy. His viewpoints are clear. This oeuvre offers a logical and thought–provoking perspective."
Politique Etrangère

"This latest work by Anthony Giddens is a brilliant and subtle contribution to the future of Europe."
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About the Author

Anthony Giddens is former Director of the London School of Economics, Life Fellow of King s College, Cambridge, and Member of the House of Lords, UK.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2342 KB
  • Print Length: 239 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0745680968
  • Publisher: Polity; 1 edition (18 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IRFJ11E
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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Anthony Giddens, Baron Giddens is a British sociologist who is renowned for his theory of structuration and his holistic view of modern societies. He is considered to be one of the most prominent modern contributors in the field of sociology, the author of at least 34 books, published in at least 29 languages, issuing on average more than one book every year. Giddens is "the fifth most-referenced author of books in the humanities".
Currently Giddens serves as Emeritus Professor at the London School of Economics.

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Giddens is more or less Britain's most well known sociologist, but his work is often not all that popular amongst the sociologist 'tribe' for various reasons. At times in the past Giddens seems to have been bitten by whatever bug caused Talcott Parsons to write such difficult and painful prose. Others he appears to have gone to great (book) length to say not very much at all, or at least nothing that could be considered applicable to anything but a very small slice of the population that Giddens himself might know personally. Then there was his journey up his own third way, which made him very popular with certain politicians and perhaps something of a laughing stock amongst those social scientists that might measure the actual 'real world' effects of Giddens' third way, or the apparently startling differences between what he said his third way was and what politicians thought the phrase meant - i.e. anything they wanted it to.

In this updated edition of Turbulent and Mighty Continent Giddens sets out his academic argument in favour of the European project as he wishes it to be, and for those of us familiar with sociological writing styles there is much in the book to ruminate over, and as you might expect a fair amount for us to spit our tea, coffee, or perhaps something stronger out over. Parts of the book are quite densely argued, and the unwary reader may miss a fair few dubious, or at least debateable points as Giddens stacks up (or sneaks in) a lot of his argument in his introductory remarks to certain sections. The section on Austerity in Europe being a good example of that 'style'.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not a light read, but an important one. 3 May 2015
By Chris Widgery VINE VOICE
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A look at the reviewers on the back of this book should give you a clue about the hoped for audience. a former German Chancellor, a former Economic Minister from Turkish, an Italian PM and a Romanian MP. The text is small, there are no pictures. It is, dear Reader, not aimed at the casual audience, but aimed at students and policy makers. Serious people thinking serious thoughts.

And it's a serious issue. Forget all of the knockabout politics and the kneejerk reactions - the issues are not that cut and dried. The EU has delivered 70 years of peace between it's members. It has delivered growth across Europe, has saved lives through safety and environmental standards and delivered stable food prices. it is also hugely inefficient, consumes billions in bureaucracy, and, through freedom of movement, probably caused a greater movement of more people than anything else in history (possibly excluding the second world war).

it has its positives, it has its negatives. it's not a simple question. And this book looks at the issues facing Europe. How big can it get, can it ever reform, how can it make decisions.

It's not easy reading, but it's important reading
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3.0 out of 5 stars Dense read on an important subject. 3 Jun. 2015
By Andrew Dalby VINE VOICE
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This is not the first time I have read one of Anthony Giddens' books. The problem I have is not so much with the content as with the style.

There are lots of accessible books on politics and the EU. So the very short introduction book comes to mind. It tells you the facts and how it works. You can also take a historical approach which will be filled by the anecdotes and accounts of strategy and politics and the machinations of the UK, Germany and France in the post-war settlement. So Giddens takes all of the interest out of the subject with a very dry theoretical and difficult read. He tries to make what should be an important and enlightening book as dense as possible. I found the same with his book on climate change, another fascinating subject dessicated.

So if you fancy taking on this soporific read then go for it, but I feel that there are other books which are less reliable and less honest and carefully weighted that are going to be much more convincing and present much more accessible answers. The horrible thought is that one of those better reads might be written by Mr Farage.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat too weighty 9 Jun. 2015
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The referendum for UK residents to decide whether or not to remain in the EU is imminent in 2017. The various risks and benefits of both leaving or staying with a revised treaty has largely been a somewhat superficial discussion from politicians and media pundits, with an evident bias from each political party, more often than not with a worrying real lack of detail and proper information.

These piecemeal chunks and much repeated sound bites do little to promote intelligent and informed discussion. This thoughtful book serves to remedy with its passionate but cogent and considered argument, in this particular author’s hope for remaining within the EU.

This book has much to recommend it, but I do despair with the lack of a basic psychology, in that very little on the intellectual sphere has been directed towards such most important issues as how those we give power to actually take on the mantle of representing us everyday man. The whole dynamics of group psychology seems desperately missing, and will eventually form the nature of the EU, regardless of deep intellectual discussion on politics or economics.

A rather saddened applaud for this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read
An interesting book which is well worth reading. In places the analysis and argumentation are not totally persuasive but overall this a book which merits a wider audience than it... Read more
Published 6 days ago by D. P. Mankin
5.0 out of 5 stars A timely book for the UK reader
This is a facinating book written by one of the foremost sociological thinkers of our age. A particularly timely text considering the intention of the UK goverment to hold an... Read more
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2.0 out of 5 stars Turbulent and Mighty Continent
This is not an enjoyable read; nor is it a read for the layman. I am hugely interested and well-read in politics, but I found this book hugely difficult to read. Read more
Published 1 month ago by southcoastreviewer
4.0 out of 5 stars Turbulent and Mighty Volume
Anthony Giddens's book has been revised and updated - but only as far as 2014.

So it doesn't include details of the new left-wing Greek government and its financial... Read more
Published 1 month ago by G. J. Oxley
4.0 out of 5 stars An erudite, critical but compelling argument for the European Project
Anthony Giddens is a heavyweight when it comes to books of this order and befitting an Emeritus Professor at the London School of Economics, it's a book that will find it's way... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Zipster Zeus
4.0 out of 5 stars Insightful text into the future of the EU
A worthwhile read for anyone with an interest in the European Union and its future; Giddens is clearly knowledgable and passionate on his subject.
Published 1 month ago by Toast
3.0 out of 5 stars A contribution to the complex current debates on Europe
This revised edition is essential reading for students and lecturers of politics and modern European history. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ms. C. R. Stillman-lowe
5.0 out of 5 stars you should read this
Whether or not you agree with Giddens, there is no denying he has been a hugely influential academic. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Don Panik
2.0 out of 5 stars A difficult read, short on solutions
Probably not aimed at the general reader, but rather a manifesto for the rulers, academics, economists and bureaucrats to debate. Read more
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