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 language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||29|
|Journal||Comparative Studies in Society and History|
|State||Published - Jan 2006|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Sociology and Political Science