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European Regions and Boundaries. A Conceptual History

European Regions and Boundaries. A Conceptual History
Editor(s): Diana Mishkova, Balázs Trencsényi
Publisher: Berghan Books
Language: English

It is difficult to speak about Europe today without reference to its constitutive regions-supra-national geographical designations such as “Scandinavia,” “Eastern Europe,” and “the Balkans.” Such formulations are so ubiquitous that they are frequently treated as empirical realities rather than a series of shifting, overlapping, and historically constructed concepts. This volume is the first to provide a synthetic account of these concepts and the historical and intellectual contexts in which they emerged. Bringing together prominent international scholars from across multiple disciplines, it systematically and comprehensively explores how such “meso-regions” have been conceptualized throughout modern European history.

ISBN 978-1-78533-584-6


List of Tables and Figures

Introduction: Diana Mishkova and Balázs Trencsényi


  • Chapter 1. Western Europe – Stefan Berger
  • Chapter 2. Scandinavia / Norden – Bo Stråth and Marja Jalava
  • Chapter 3. The Baltic – Pärtel Piirimäe
  • Chapter 4. The Mediterranean – Vaso Seirinidou
  • Chapter 5. Southern Europe – Guido Franzinetti
  • Chapter 6. Iberia – Xosé-M.Núñez Seixas
  • Chapter 7. Balkans / Southeastern Europe – Diana Mishkova
  • Chapter 8. Central Europe – Balázs Trencsényi
  • Chapter 9. Eastern Europe – Frithjof Benjamin Schenk
  • Chapter 10. Eurasia – Mark Bassin


  • Chapter 11. European History – Stefan Troebst
  • Chapter 12. Political Geography and Geopolitics – Virginie Mamadouh and Martin Müller
  • Chapter 13. Economics – Georgi Ganev
  • Chapter 14. Historical Demography – Attila Melegh
  • Chapter 15. Linguistics – Uwe Hinrichs
  • Chapter 16. Literary History – Alex Drace-Francis
  • Chapter 17. Art History – Eric Storm



“With a roster of authoritative scholars, the chapters of this book chart the construction and use of the key concepts of European space. By focusing on conceptual ‘clusters’, an extraordinary number of subjects are covered, and the complex processes at work are further highlighted by the frequent cross-referencing between chapters and topics, making this compelling book much more than the sum of its individual studies.”.

Wendy Bracewell, University College London