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Europe - A Young Old Lady? Reflections on the Historical Semantics of an Ambiguous Concept

Vol. 2, No. 1, September 2006
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Olaf ASBACH (Universität Augsburg)

All attempts to write a history of Europe are also attempts to write a history for Europe. Starting from this premise, the present article will re-trace the various forms in which people have spoken of Europe from Antiquity to the beginning of the 18th century. The author argues that around 1700, a qualitative change took place. The reference to Europe became charged with a specifically cultural and political dimension as the pre-history of Europe ended and its history began.