Formations of European Modernity

A Historical and Political Sociology of Europe

  • Gerard Delanty

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-lix
  2. Sources of the Europe Heritage

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Gerard Delanty
      Pages 27-49
    3. Gerard Delanty
      Pages 51-71
    4. Gerard Delanty
      Pages 91-106
  3. The Emergence of Modernity

  4. The Present and Its Discontents

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 421-479

About this book


This book presents a historical and political sociology of European history and society. It offers a critical interpretation of the course of European history looking at the emergence of the idea of Europe and the formation of modernity.

Now fully updated, Delanty's second edition features commentary on Brexit, populism, the refugee crisis, and secessionism, as well as additional coverage of colonialism and the wider global context. The book will be in an invaluable resource for advanced undergraduates and postgraduate students of historical sociology, the history of Europe, nations and modernity, political sociology, and political and social theory.


Critical theory of society European identity transnationalism European borders nationalism populism Brexit colonialism imperialism

Authors and affiliations

  • Gerard Delanty
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of SussexBrightonUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-95434-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-95435-6
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