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Margaret Thatcher was a major political figure of the end of the Cold War era, who is still surrounded by much controversy today. There are two main reasons for this: she openly pursued an alternative vision of Europe at a time when federalism was still the dominant discourse; and she called for the liberalisation of the Eastern bloc, rather than its disintegration.
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Giuseppe Mazzini is among the few politicians and thinkers who has had the privilege to be acclaimed as a noble father by both the supporters of the Nation-State and the supporters of Europe. His geopolitical thinking – and activity – revolve around three fundamental points: the Nation, the People, and Humanity, intended, naturally, in the nineteenth century sense of the word, which was essentially limited to the transatlantic and specifically European community.
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For about twenty years, starting from 1494, Manutius played a key role in the communication and technological revolution that dominated the Renaissance and had a lasting and profound effect on Europe, even to this day. He transformed the printed book into the most effective tool for the accumulation and dissemination of human knowledge of the last five centuries.
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Historian of intellectuals, of Purgatory, of Saint-Louis, the great medievalist who died in April 2014, was also a pioneer in the history of emotions. A gentle historiographic revolution whose audacity ended by eluding us. This special issue gives him homage.
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Ulrich Beck learned how to be a European in the USA. But why it was that Beck placed Europe at the core of his transnational thinking, and not the relationship between Germany and America. And why it was that in 2012 he was no longer writing about a 'cosmopolitan', but a 'German' Europe?
When the economy eats up politics, society falls apart. Ulrich Beck clearly expressed this: "The economic perspective is and makes us socially blind". It is the impression given by today's political leaders. Beck says that governors forget the power of the powerless and by taking this road it opens the door of the "oven of politics of state authoritarianism that, doors drawn forth, will adapt to global markets, and doors inward, will behave very authoritarian".
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The more Ralf Dahrendorf saw of Europe and the countries and continents beyond its borders, the more this led him to the view he recorded in his Europäisches Tagebuch [lit. ‘European Diaries’], that this merely confirms just how close the ties that unite us Europeans are.

National heroes spread all throughout Europe in the age of nationalisms; indeed, most of them are historical figures such as Queen Elizabeth I, Francis Drake, the Duke of Wellington and Admiral Horatio Nelson for Britain, or Joan of Arc, Maximilien de Robespierre and Napoleon Bonaparte for France...
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Well, ok. I fell for it, on that Monday, April first (needless to say, the day of "April fools …"), the trap set by that jovial character, a bit iconoclastic and a bit macabre, who spread - I believe via the usual Wikipedia - the tall tale of a Jacques Le Goff, author of, among the zillion titles in his immense bibliography, work of fantasy fiction.