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Peter A. Kraus, A Union of Diversity: Language, Identity and Polity Building in Europe (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2008), isbn 978-0-52185939-4 (hardback), isbn 978-0-521-67672-4 (paperback)

Peter A. Kraus, A Union of Diversity: Language, Identity and Polity Building in Europe (Cambridge... Th omas Benedikter Peter A. Kraus, A Union of Diversity: Language, Identity and Polity Building in Europe (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2008), isbn 978-0-52185939-4 (hardback), isbn 978-0-521-67672-4 (paperback) “Language politics and language policies played a crucial role in the historical proc- esses of nation-state formation. Cultural and political integration in modern societies is largely based upon language. [...] At later stages of political development, language policy was frequently associated with the goal of establishing a comprehensive and democratic public sphere.” Th is is the starting point of Peter A. Kraus, Professor on the Faculty of Social Sciences and Chair of Ethnic Relations at the University of Helsinki, on his refl ections on the uniting of Europe’s language policy. Th e defi nition of a common language in a multinational state or in supra-state organization histori- cally has often become a matter a confl ict, and at present, this is occurring with the EU. Th e EU has often been considered a regional harbinger of the coming global-age postnationalism: “Accordingly, analysing the role of language in the process of build- ing Europe should improve our knowledge on the actual scope of the transition from national to ‘postnational’ forms of political http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Yearbook of Minority Issues Online Brill

Peter A. Kraus, A Union of Diversity: Language, Identity and Polity Building in Europe (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2008), isbn 978-0-52185939-4 (hardback), isbn 978-0-521-67672-4 (paperback)

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Th omas Benedikter Peter A. Kraus, A Union of Diversity: Language, Identity and Polity Building in Europe (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2008), isbn 978-0-52185939-4 (hardback), isbn 978-0-521-67672-4 (paperback) “Language politics and language policies played a crucial role in the historical proc- esses of nation-state formation. Cultural and political integration in modern societies is largely based upon language. [...] At later stages of political development, language policy was frequently associated with the goal of establishing a comprehensive and democratic public sphere.” Th is is the starting point of Peter A. Kraus, Professor on the Faculty of Social Sciences and Chair of Ethnic Relations at the University of Helsinki, on his refl ections on the uniting of Europe’s language policy. Th e defi nition of a common language in a multinational state or in supra-state organization histori- cally has often become a matter a confl ict, and at present, this is occurring with the EU. Th e EU has often been considered a regional harbinger of the coming global-age postnationalism: “Accordingly, analysing the role of language in the process of build- ing Europe should improve our knowledge on the actual scope of the transition from national to ‘postnational’ forms of political

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European Yearbook of Minority Issues OnlineBrill

Published: Feb 9, 2010

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