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European IdentityWhat the Media Say$
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Paul Bayley and Geoffrey Williams

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199602308

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199602308.001.0001

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Does ‘Europe’ have a common historical identity?

Does ‘Europe’ have a common historical identity?

(p.118) 5 Does ‘Europe’ have a common historical identity?
European Identity

Anna Marchi

Alan Partington

Oxford University Press

Chapter 5 returns to the vague notion of Europe described in Chapter 2, and takes a more diachronic outlook towards the question of the existence of a putative common European identity as shown in the Italian and UK press. The chapter concludes that the idea of a European historical identity is present in both the Italian and UK corpora, but it is rarely explicitly described or foregrounded, and is projected in different ways. While the Italian press focuses largely on post‐Second World War European history and the creation of European history, the UK press discusses a more widespread and general history of Europe, including European colonial history.

Keywords:   European history, identity, diachronic corpus analysis

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