Is European History in Crisis?

Between national spaces of historical enquiry on the one hand and global history on the other: What are European history’s contributions to understanding the past – and the present? What are its challenges at present, and how can they be met?

These questions, surprisingly, have never been discussed in a truly European perspective. EuropeDebate aims to kick off such a debate. It provides a platform for a dialogue among historians from a broad range of historiographies. We aim to both pluralise the debate and to integrate perspectives from fields that usually are not in contact with each other. We take up the productive challenge of global history to search out new avenues for doing European history. We discuss perceptions of crisis – of Europe, of European history – and ask about their consequences.

In 2020 and 2021, sixteen contributors from all parts of Europe have discussed current challenges and new avenues for the field. In 2022, seven new contributions focus on rethinking European history “from beyond” and on the multiple entanglements of European history with the history of other world regions. Furthermore, the “Forum” provides additional perspectives, interviews, essays and reflections. Read the editors’ introductory essay  Why Europe, Which Europe?

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