Europe and Europeanness in Early Modern Latin Literature

Fuitne Europa tunc unita?

In: Europe and Europeanness in Early Modern Latin Literature
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Isabella Walser-Bürgler Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Neo-Latin Studies Innsbruck Austria

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Abstract

The history of European integration goes back to the early modern centuries, when Europeans tried to set themselves apart as a continental community with distinct political, religious, cultural, and social values in the face of hitherto unseen societal change and global awakening. The range of concepts and images ascribed to Europeanness in that respect is well documented in Neo-Latin literature, since Latin constituted the international lingua franca from the fifteenth to the eighteenth centuries. This investigation examines the most prominent concepts of Europe as expressed in Neo-Latin sources. It is aimed at both an interested general audience and a professional readership from the fields of Latin studies, early modern history, and the history of ideas.

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