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The Politics of Becoming European: A Study of Polish and Baltic Post-Cold War Security Imaginaries

Malksoo, Maria (2010) The Politics of Becoming European: A Study of Polish and Baltic Post-Cold War Security Imaginaries. The New International Relations Series . Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group), London and New York, UK and US, 224 pp. ISBN 978-0-415-85137-4. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

This book weaves together perspectives drawn from critical international relations, anthropology and social theory in order to understand the Polish and Baltic post-Cold War politics of becoming European. Approaching the study of Europe’s eastern enlargement through a post-colonial critique, Maria Mälksoo makes a case for a rethinking of European identity. Drawing on the theorist Edward Said, she contends that studies of the European Union are marked by a prevailing Orientalism, rarely asking who has traditionally been able to define European identity, and whether this identity should be presented as an historical process rather than a static category. The central argument of this book is that the historical experience of being framed as simultaneously in Europe - and yet not quite in Europe – informs the current self-understandings and security imaginaries of Poland and the Baltic States. Exploring this existential condition of ‘liminal Europeaness’ among foreign and security policy-making elites, the book considers its effects on key security policy issues, including relations with Western Europe, Russia and the United States.

Item Type: Book
Uncontrolled keywords: Eastern Europe, EU enlargement, Poland, Baltic states, security politics, identity politics, memory politics
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations > Global Europe Centre
Depositing User: M. Malksoo
Date Deposited: 01 Sep 2016 13:33 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 17:46 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/57044 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Malksoo, Maria: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7110-2050
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