History of the European idea


Following a chronological order, this class puts in perspective the different approaches to Europe and conceptions of the European idea, as well as the major issues surrounding the ways of "thinking Europe": The myth of Indo-Europeans, pre-historic Europe, Greek, Latin and then barbarian legacies from Antiquity, Christendom as a prefiguration of a united Europe, the divisions and ideals of modern Europe, revolutionary Europe versus counter-revolutionary Europe, Napoleonic conceptions of Europe, Romantic Europe, early socialism in Europe, totalitarian projects in  20th century Europe, the construction of Europe, etc.

Recommended Prerequisite(s)

A good knowledge of the main events and schools of thought in the history of Europe is required.

Form of assessment

The number of ECTS credits and the assessment methods are likely to be different for students in credit exchange programmes.


  • Demoule J.P., Mais où sont passés les Indo-Européens? : le mythe d’origine de l’occident, Paris, Le Seuil, 2014.
  • Le Goff J., L’Europe est-elle née au Moyen Age?, Paris, Seuil Points Histoire, 2010.
  • Chabod F., Histoire de l’idée d’Europe, Bruxelles, 2014.

Educational formula

Lecture combined with more interactive work through discussions around texts and other documents.

In brief

Year Fourth year

Teaching languageFrench

Teaching term Six-monthly

ECTS credits 3.0

Number of hours 18.0

Teaching activityLecture course

ValidationFinal written examination

Mandatory teaching

Open to exchange students



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