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Introduction: transnationalism in the 1950s Europe, ideas, debates and politics

Journal article
Authors Mats Andrén
Ettore Costa
Published in History of European Ideas
Volume 46
Issue 1
Pages 1-12
ISSN 0191-6599
Publication year 2020
Published at Department of Literature, History of Ideas, and Religion
Centre for European Research (CERGU)
Pages 1-12
Language en
Keywords 1950s; transnationalism; transnational history; Europe; nation state; nationalism
Subject categories History, History of Ideas


ABSTRACT This special issue re-evaluates the 1950s as a period of transnationalism in ideas and political practices, offering innovative insights into political history and political ideas. Without setting the national and transnational spheres against each other, the issue argues that the dialectics between the two was a defining element of Europe in this period. The articles explore transnational cooperation and exchanges among intellectuals, politicians and trade unionists, showing how they were changing in their interaction. The editorial sets out from the research on the postwar configuration of Europe based on the retake of the nation state, combining it with new research of transnational history and putting out some methodological innovations. The editorial also highlights some significant themes across the articles: the central role of translation and localisation, the interaction with local interests and disputes, the Cold War, the acceleration of European integration, the rise of the Third World, the tensions between hope and fear or between nihilism and rebirth of Europe, the centrality of science.

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