By John Western

The prior hundred years of Europe are distilled within the stories of the voters of Strasbourg. From the flip of the 20 th century until eventually 1945, Europe's ruling inspiration of nationalism rendered Strasbourg/Straßburg the prize in a tug-of-war among the 2 maximum continental powers, France and Germany. Then, within the speedy post-war interval, beliefs for ecu team spirit organize a variety of ecu associations, a few situated in Strasbourg, that have steadily created supranational Europe. on the finish of the Nineteen Fifties, a 3rd topic arises: the large-scale settling in Strasbourg and different such richer, western ecu towns of individuals from poorer lands, usually ex-colonial territories, whose visual appeal and cultural practices render them basically "different" to neighborhood eyes: expressions of racism thereby jostle with professions of multiculturalism. Now within the globalisation period, the problem of "immigration" has broadened but extra into transnationalism: the adventure of individuals who're embedded in various demeanour in either Strasbourg and of their land of starting place. in keeping with in-depth, full of life interviews with eighty males and eighty ladies starting from one hundred and one to twenty years, and from around the globe (France, Germany, Alsace-Lorraine, Portugal, Italy, ex-Yugoslavia, Albania, Algeria, Morocco, Turkey, Cameroon, and Afghanistan among different countries), the writer attracts out of those compelling stories every kind of compelling insights into problems with identification, race, nationality, tradition, politics, historical past and illustration, giving a different and helpful view of what it capacity (and has intended during the last century) to be a European.

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