A Grand Illusion?: An Essay on Europe by Tony JudtComentarios a versao portuguesa Uma Grande Ilusao ? Um Ensaio sobre a Europa
Tony Judt e, em conjunto com John Grisham e John le Carre, um dos meus escritores preferidos. Para alem da sua erudicao eu aprecio a simplicidade e a elegancia com que escrevia (infelizmente faleceu em 2010, ainda relativamente novo). Este livro e mais uma obra clarividente sobre a Europa e que tendo sido escrita em 1996 revela uma actualidade impressionante. Eu bem gostaria que o Tony Judt se tivesse enganado quando vaticinou que uma Europa verdadeiramente unida e improvavel. Claro que isso depende muito do que entendemos por Europa e ja agora por verdaedeiramente unida. Mas os acontecimentos mais recentes no seio dos paises do Euro parecem querer dar razao a Tony Judt. E ele explica sabiamente porque.
A GRAND ILLUSION? An Essay on Europe.
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Welcome sign in sign up. It is a remarkable accomplishment, albeit not quite so remarkable as its advocates suggest. There are few who oppose its objectives in principle, and the practical benefits it affords its members, such as unrestricted trade, are obvious. That, after all, is why nearly everyone wants to join it. It is now engaging in negotiations among its member-states to construct a single European currency and mechanisms for common decision-taking and collective action, while simultaneously holding out to the countries of former Communist Europe the promise of membership in years to come. The likelihood that the European Union can fulfill its own promises of ever-closer union, while remaining open to new members on the same terms, is slim indeed. In the first place, the unique historical circumstances of the years between and cannot be reproduced.
Tim Bouverie. Tony Judt was not only a great historian, he was also a great essayist and commentator on international politics. Few in this country will be familiar with his journalism, however, since it was largely published in America by the the New York Review of Books and the New Republic. Thankfully, this situation can now be remedied through this collection of his writings, ranging from to his untimely death in from motor-neurone disease. As was often observed during his life, Judt was a man of apparent paradoxes. A secular Jew, who as a teenager had been a left-wing Zionist, he was castigated for criticising the actions of Israel. A historian of Europe, he spent most of his career teaching in America.
This blog is hosted on Ideas on Europe. Revisiting a book on the general state and mid-term prospects of the European Union that was only written twenty years ago may turn out to be a very useful exercise. It puts into perspective the achievements and failures of what is a slow and long integration process. And it sheds an interesting, different, light on the present. If they are not wholly rosy, why is that?