Mediterranean Alliance
Wolf Lepenies

Die Macht am Mittelmeer

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The French dream of an alternative Europe
  • date of publication: 22.02.2016
  • 352 Pages
  • Hanser Verlag
  • hardcover
  • ISBN 978-3-446-24732-1
  • Deutschland: 24,90 €
  • Österreich: 25,60 €

Wolf Lepenies über Europas Konflikte und ihre historischen Wurzeln
It looked to be a cut and dried plan: President Sarkozy wanted to win over his southern neighbours to form a Mediterranean union as a counterweight against German dominance in Europe. Angela Merkel lost no time in nipping this scheme in the bud – but is it content to remain a footnote of history?

Wolf Lepenies sees the French dream of a Mediterranean power stronghold as harking back to the subliminal regions of European history, where the inferiority complexes and mutual resentments still fester to this day. Franco-German rivalry has its origins in the contrasts between Catholicism and Protestantism, between the more meticulous, »stricter« North and the less regimented and more pleasure-loving South – concepts and stereo-types that date back to the 18th century and are progressively resurfacing in political debate today. Wolf Lepenies sheds light on this startling and little-known slice of Euro-pean history, providing essential reading for anyone wanting to gain a deeper understanding of how coalitions and fronts within Europe come about.

Mediterranean Alliance

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