Неевропейские европейцы Европы

Государства-нации созданы на основе этнического и территориального единства, а их история и политическое развитие основаны на чувстве коллективной идентичности. Империи появляются, когда национальная группа считает свое существование внутри своих территориальных границ или опасным, или неэффективным, и предпринимает вынужденное расширение, которое обычно связано с крупномасштабным насилием.

Западная Европа нашла другое направление для своего развития только после Второй Мировой Войны, когда Гитлеризм остался в прошлом, а Сталинизм представлял собой очень реальную опасность. Западноевропейская интеллигенция поняла, что и национализм, и империализм были недопустимыми подходами к построению государства, и что для европейской стабильности необходим союз наций, который может и должен расширяться, но который никогда не превратится в империю.

Политическая элита Западной Европы быстро приняла эту позицию, и "евроатлантическое" политическое мышление Америки вместе с Планом Маршала решительно внесло в это свой вклад. Римские Соглашения, а также учреждение Совета Европы, стали олицетворением правовых, экономических и политических – но главным образом, философских – достижений.

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