Goodness is elsewhere: The rule of European difference

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Reflecting on European colonialism in 1950 - at a time when discussions about what we now know as the European Union emerged in western Europe - Aimé Césaire wrote, "... Europe is morally, spiritually indefensible." This idea is fairly commonplace in much of the post-colonial world and it has some purchase within certain academic and intellectual circles elsewhere. And yet, in the process of denouncing the widely noted presence of racism in Hungary, thirty-six leading Hungarian intellectuals have, in a recent public document, felt compelled to thank France, and through France, a generic, trans-historical notion of "Europe," for what they saw as the latter's profound, longue-durée goodness.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)110-138
Number of pages29
JournalComparative Studies in Society and History
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • History
  • Sociology and Political Science


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