Most of the literature on European integration suggests that the European Union resembles a federal state rather than an empire, let alone a medieval one. Some of this literature concedes that the EU is a hybrid creature, but it fails to acknowledge that hybridity is an imperial feature, as the Habsburg Empire clearly manifests. The argument here is not only about the name. It is about the projected image and policy objectives. A hundred years from now, historians will make their judgment about the EU, the same way they are now trying to assess the legacy of the Habsburg Monarchy.

The Habsburg Empire: Legacies and Lessons for the EU?

Jan Zielonka
2019

Abstract

Most of the literature on European integration suggests that the European Union resembles a federal state rather than an empire, let alone a medieval one. Some of this literature concedes that the EU is a hybrid creature, but it fails to acknowledge that hybridity is an imperial feature, as the Habsburg Empire clearly manifests. The argument here is not only about the name. It is about the projected image and policy objectives. A hundred years from now, historians will make their judgment about the EU, the same way they are now trying to assess the legacy of the Habsburg Monarchy.
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