Intellectuals and Europe

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Fergal Lenehan

Intellectuals and Europe. Imagining a Europe of the Regions in Twentieth Century Germany, Britain and Ireland

ISBN 978-3-86821-529-8, 224 S., kt., € 28,50 (2014)

(Irish-German Studies, Bd. 7)

In this work the author examines the concept of a decentralized Europe in twentieth century Germany, Britain and Ireland, as imagined by an array of highly diverse intellectuals, including Christopher Dawson, Ernst Jünger, Leopold Kohr, John Hewitt, Richard Kearney, Neal Ascherson, Peter Glotz and Hans Magnus Enzensberger. He concentrates principally on two periods of crisis, namely World War II and the thawing and fall of communism in the late twentieth century. Lenehan argues, ultimately, that this archive of ideas provides a stimulus for the contemporary reimagining of the continent during the present pervasive crisis. Dr. Fergal Lenehan teaches at the department of Intercultural Studies and Business Communications of the Friedrich-Schiller-University of Jena, Germany. He received a BA and an MA from University College Dublin and a PhD in Cultural Studies from the University of Leipzig.

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"Fergal Lenehan has produced a learned contribution that explores intellectuals' visions of a decentralized but united Europe during two epochs: World War Two and its aftermath; and the demise of Communism leading to debates about the integration of Europe."

Mervyn O'Driscoll, Germanistik in Ireland: Yearbook of the German Studies Association of Ireland (2015)