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A Grand Illusion?: An Essay on Europe

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  205 ratings  ·  19 reviews
In this timely new book, a distinguished intellectual historian offers us cogent and persuasive responses to these urgent topical questions: What are the prospects for the European Union? If they are not wholly rosy, why is that? And, in any event, how much does it matter whether a united Europe does or does not come about, on whatever terms?
Hardcover, 149 pages
Published September 1st 1996 by Hill & Wang (first published 1996)
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Jorge
Jul 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Comentários à versão portuguesa "Uma Grande Ilusão ? Um Ensaio sobre a Europa"

Tony Judt é, em conjunto com John Grisham e John le Carré, um dos meus escritores preferidos. Para além da sua erudição eu aprecio a simplicidade e a elegância com que escrevia (infelizmente faleceu em 2010, ainda relativamente novo). Este livro é mais uma obra clarividente sobre a Europa e que tendo sido escrita em 1996 revela uma actualidade impressionante. Eu bem gostaria que o Tony Judt se tivesse enganado quando v
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Rodrigoabsoluto
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
El autor expone sobre una variedad de ideas (los límites geográficos de Europa, el euro, la identidad de Europa Occidental y Oriental, el rol de Francia y Alemania, la economía y la integración de los países de la ex órbita soviética), pero quisiera centrarme en lo que más me impactó: el rol de la conciencia colectiva en el devenir de las instituciones.

Tony Judt se muestra satisfecho de ver una Europa estable después de décadas de conflicto, lo que es el gran logro de la UE; pero al mismo tiempo
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Will
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
An increasingly dated account. Judt writes that the idea of a united Europe was a Cold War invention, which in the 90s had lost its appeal, faced with the reemergence of Germany hegemony, economic distress, and the stark differences between Western and Eastern Europe.

Whilst I agree with some of his points, such as his concern over disparate labor and refugee policies in Europe, Judt is too dramatically pessimistic. For example, he does not predict the integration of the East European states whi
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Carlos B.
Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: académicos
El libro contiene tres pequeños ensayos escritos en la década de los 90: ¿Cómo se formó y evolucionó la UE?, ¿Qué es la llamada Europa del Este? y ¿A qué problemas se enfrenta actualmente la UE?

Aunque el libro fue escrito hace dos décadas y varios de los problemas que plantean han sido "solucionados" (la integración del Europa del Este, la crisis económica de esos momentos, etc.) algunos de ellos siguen de actualidad: el liderazgo alemán, las cuestiones económicas, la crisis institucional europe
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F. Alcalá-Zamora
Dec 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Leer este escueto ensayo de Tony Judt, 20 años después de ser escrito, demuestra la clarividencia del autor. Si bien el pesimismo ante el proyecto de integración europea impregna la mirada de Judt, los interrogantes que deja abiertos son de gran utilidad: a partir de ellos se da pie a iniciar una reflexión crítica sobre las cuestiones capitales de la Unión Europea en construcción.

Alguna de las cuestiones planteadas han sido ya abordadas con mayor o menor fortuna; otras siguen esperando hoy una
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Allison Salva
Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
1990s-era essay predicting just about everything bad that has indeed happened to the European Union in the ensuing years. Chock full of information and I think I probably only took in like 50% of it. It would be interesting to reread it in a few years to see how history plays out.
Mauricio
Sep 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Europa es un concepto abstracto, amplio, con bases poco solidas, ya que el fenómeno reciente del Brexit demuestra lo endeble que es. Con una prosa sencilla y suave, Judt explora la historia de Europa de posguerra y las implicaciones de la Unión Europea
Dimitar Angelov
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
""Europe" is more than a geographical notion, but less than an answer." T. Judt.
Emilio Garcia
Mediados de la última década del siglo XX. Aún en el aire europeo estaba impregnado del polvo levantado por la caída del Muro de Berlín, intoxicando el continente con un optimismo ciego. La idea de una Unión Europea en continuo crecimiento económico y territorial era irrebatible. Sin embargo, no estábamos ante el fin del principio sino ante el principio del fin. Tony Judt era de los pocos que señalaba el carácter excepcional del periodo que había arrancado en 1945 y estaba a punto de finalizar. ...more
Francisco Luis Benítez
No es el ensayo más lúcido de Judt, escrito a mediados de los 90, pero a pesar de fallar sobre su percepción en la ampliación de la UE al Este, es increíblemente acertado con el papel de Alemania en la actualidad, pese a escribirse el libro antes del gran boom económico de la primera década del siglo XXI.
Como siempre es una aguda invitación a reflexionar desde una visión historicista del papel de Europa y de la idea que representa para los estados del continente.
Tim Horvat
Aug 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: p15
Zelo zanimivo, ampak evroskeptično in zahodnoevropsko! EU res predstavi kot izključno mirovni sporazum med Francijo in Nemčijo oziroma šesterico in barbarskim Vzhodom, kot projekt, ki je nastal po naključju in iz nuje, šele naknadno naj bi ga interpretirali kot evropski sen, kar je seveda zgrešeno ali pa vsaj narobe interpretirano, če naj bi bile naš cilj prave Združene države Evrope, medtem ko on, sicer previdno, zagovarja nacionalno državo. In res super napisano!
Eric
Jan 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a fascinating book, first published in the mid-1990s, so in some ways a bit dated, but still very prescient in terms of anticipating many of the challenges that Europe has faced in recent years. Judt was a brilliant intellectual and historian, and I would love to still have his voice to parse the current financial and political crises in Europe, and to prognosticate what the future might bring. It is hard to be optimistic.
Franci
Feb 22, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Poglavja:
Velika iluzija
Vzhodni pristopi
Zbogom vsemu temu
Očitno je, da avtor veliko ve. Slaba stran tega je, da ne more priti do jasne ideje, oz. ves čas dvomi. Vsekakor dobra knjiga za tistega, ki hoče kaj spremeniti v Evropi, saj ga knjiga seznani s težavami, z zgodovinskimi vzroki zanje.
Chris
Apr 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
Judt starts off strong, generalizing about the subcontinent like only he can, but gets bogged down in the middle, when certain subjects (where to draw the line between east and west?) don't respond well to the kind of book he's trying to write here.
Matthew Trevithick
Jun 25, 2016 rated it liked it
A nice read with prophetic language - published in 1996 and making some predictions for the future, quite a few themes ripped straight from today's headlines.
João Coelho
Jul 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting, a bit pessimistic but altogether well documented essay with clear rational points of view
Waldemar
Apr 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
jak dla mnie to było "wielkie pozbycie wielkiego złudzenia". To powinna być lektura obowiązkowa w liceum ...
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Born in 1948, Tony Judt was raised in the East End of London by a mother whose parents had immigrated from Russia and a Belgian father who descended from a line of Lithuanian rabbis. Judt was educated at Emanuel School, before receiving a BA (1969) and PhD (1972) in history from the University of Cambridge.

Like many other Jewish parents living in postwar Europe, his mother and father were secular,
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