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East, West and the Return of the Central: Borders Drawn and Redrawn

Robert Bideleux

OXFORD HANDBOOK OF POSTWAR EUROPEAN HISTORY, Pages: 79 - 97

Swansea University Author: Robert Bideleux

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This chapter outlines and problematises the changing and contested geographic, political, economic, cultural, and symbolic borders and cartographies of ‘Europe’ since 1945. It also explores the various heated debates about the status, location, and distinctiveness of Central Europe; the changing nat...

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Published in: OXFORD HANDBOOK OF POSTWAR EUROPEAN HISTORY
Published: OXFORD OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS 2012
URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa13140
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Abstract: This chapter outlines and problematises the changing and contested geographic, political, economic, cultural, and symbolic borders and cartographies of ‘Europe’ since 1945. It also explores the various heated debates about the status, location, and distinctiveness of Central Europe; the changing nature of Europe’s borders and borderlands; the successive metamorphoses of Europe's East-West divides; the implications of Europe's new East-West divide; and the potential shapes, meanings and significance of real and imagined borders.
Keywords: Central Europe, Eastern Europe, Western Europe, borders, symbolic geographies, imagined boundaries, imaginary of Europe, remapping of postwar Europe
College: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Start Page: 79
End Page: 97