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PSCI 215 001 Day 1 Notes

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The European Union
Brandon O'Leary
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This 3 page Class Notes was uploaded by Annabel Singer on Tuesday August 30, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to PSCI 215 001 at University of Pennsylvania taught by Brandon O'Leary in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 6 views. For similar materials see The European Union in Political Science at University of Pennsylvania.

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Date Created: 08/30/16
The European Union PSCI_215_001 Day 1- 8/30/16 General Notes: Read the Economist- pro-free market Financial Times- Financial Matters, 2 authors- Martin Wolff and Wolfgang Munchau New York Times- Paul Krugman- skeptical about the Euro Official website of the EU: On the Uses of Europe The name of Europe- came from Lebanese beauty Europa (name meant cow)- the name recognizes the transfer from one civilization to another Europa had 3 sons- one was associated with hell - Why is this important? The meaning and history in the names deeply enrooted stereotypes and ways of thinking amongst Europeans in ancient history Europe (Greek) vs. Asia (Persia) Europe- Democracies, Republics and City-States Asia- Despotic Empires 1. Europe as a geographical expression a. Europe as a continent- how is it defined in land terms? i. Many surrounding islands and territories are impacted and ruled by Europe but are not part of the land- IE Guadalupe (France) and Bermuda (Britain) 1. Lots of territory subject to the jurisdiction of member states in the EU ii. Greenland left the EU but is still a part of the kingdom of Denmark so is still affected by EU rules b. Europe defined by water- Mediterranean sea to the south, Baltic to the North, Volga to the East- but then why are Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan included in Europe? i. Creates a constant uncertainty to Europe’s South Eastern boundary c. Regardless of exact land boundaries, the reach of the European Union’s ruling goes far beyond the continental EU 2. Europe as a state of territorial contestation, Empires and as a War-Zone a. EU has the greatest political unity ever in history b. Europe has been a continent with three major wars (French Revolution, World War 1 and World War 2) i. Even so, there has never been a Euro wide power ii. Most common theme, Europe has always had multiple central powers 3. Rome’s Legacies and Future Empires a. Roman law- republic vs. state vs. empirical rule b. Countries have always had an aspiration to have an empire like the Roman Empire c. Roman Catholicism i. But- Roman cultural influence was very important in the West but collapsed, in the East it survived until the 15 century 1. West became religious and the language was Latin, East- Roman empire remained and the religion was Greek d. After the Roman Empire was the Holy Roman Empire- it wasn’t religious, was north of Rome and it was not an empire e. The Ottoman Empire (1301-1922)- Islamic Empire, was the largest at the time and proves that religion cannot be as important to European culture as many think/assume f. The Hasburg Empire- Charles the Great (V) (1519-1566) g. Napoleon’s Empire was structured similarly (1800-1814) i. Most powerful agent was France h. Hitler’s reign plays an important role in understanding EU and its role i. European’s mobilized against the Nazis, Soviets and Americans- it was the first time Europe didn’t dominate their own territory 4. Europe as a Christiandome a. Christianity- ambition to be universal, began in West Asian b. They divided the world into 3- known as the T and O model i. Asia is double the size, Europe and Africa are the same size. This thought was defeated by the Islamic Empire c. This deep cultural bias had long rooted stereotypes in Christian thinking Concluding remarks: The Founding Six of the EEC (European Economic Community) or the original EU- France, Belgium, Netherlands, Lexembourg, West Germany and Northern Italy On the Record of Empires: -Few and brief continent wide Empires -Different legacies left in different regions -Multiple shifts in power -Evidence of ethnic, religious and linguistic diversity -The entire world minus a few countries has been ruled by Europe at some point


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