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    Eurowhiteness: Culture, Empire and Race in the European Project

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    ISBN: 9781787389328
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    AuthorKundnani, Hans
    Pub Date17/08/2023
    Publisher: C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
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    An alternative account of the EU as a racialised project

    The European Union is often seen as a cosmopolitan rejection of violent nationalism. Yet the idea of Europe has a long, problematic history-in medieval times, it was synonymous with Christianity; in the modern era, it became associated with 'whiteness'.

    Eurowhiteness exposes the EU as a vehicle for imperial amnesia. Narratives of European integration emphasise the lessons of war and the Holocaust, but not the lessons of colonial history. The EU is about power as much as peace-and civic ideas of Europe are being displaced by ethnic and cultural ones.

    Since the 2015 refugee crisis, whiteness has become even more central to European identity-a troubling new turn in Europe's long civilisational project. It is time to confront the relationship between ideas of Europe and ideas of race.