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Revisiting Europeanization in Southeast Europe. An Historical Approach

Project description

A historical approach to Europeanisation in south-east Europe

The Europeanness of south-east Europe is considered particularly and significantly different compared to other European countries. As a consequence, its Europeanisation process is often put under question. However, Europeanisation is not new in south-east Europe, dating back to the 19th century at least. The EU-funded RESEE project will approach Europeanisation research in south-east Europe as a complex historical process. It will study the ‘European otherness periphery’ under an innovative perspective that aims to contribute to the EU political integration project. It will integrate the predominant understanding in the historical dimension, assess the reciprocal influence between Europe and south-east Europe, and establish an explanatory model depicting causal mechanisms and actors’ interactions in the Europeanisation process.


The future of Europe will vitally depend on its ability to transform and unify the continent. Southeast Europe, with its complex historical trajectories and its own particularistic Europeanness, has been labelled difficult to Europeanize. Yet, Europeanization in Southeast Europe has a far longer history reaching back into the 19th century and earlier. The main goal of the RESEE project is to establish Europeanization research on the Southeast Europe as a complex historically grounded process, firstly through developing a meaningful narrative integration of the prevailing knowledge in the historical dimension of Europeanization of Southeast Europe; secondly through discussing the usefulness of Europeanization and its related process bringing historical cases of how Europe has influenced Southeast Europe and vice versa; and thirdly through tracing the process back we build an explanatory model that maps the events and actors, the causal mechanisms and factors that interact when a specific historical Europeanization process unfolds in Southeast Europe.
RESEE is an innovative project studying a long and much disputed ‘European otherness periphery’ contributing to the rethinking of the region in such a reflexive way that it have meaning and utility in the current EU political project of European Integration. RESEE main academic outputs include a Living Review on the literature, a course proposal and a workshop on the historical dimension of Europeanization on Southeast Europe, a policy paper on best-practices of successful historical cases of Europeanization in Southeast Europe and a number of other dissemination and communication activities. These outputs will attract the attention of academia, policy-makers and also European society since they are a valuable source of scholarly knowledge; they expose high policy relevance to practitioners and they have societal importance in particular to improving citizens perceptions on Southeast Europe and European Integration.


Net EU contribution
€ 186 167,04
8010 Graz

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Südösterreich Steiermark Graz
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Total cost
€ 186 167,04