Uneven and combined. A historical sociological approach to the European collective identity crisis
Rovnoměrné a kombinované. Historicko-sociologický přístup k evropské krizi kolektivní identity.
diploma thesis (DEFENDED)
Study Information System: 221912
- Kvalifikační práce 
Faculty / Institute
Faculty of Humanities
Programme Historical Sociology
Date of defense
13. 9. 2021
PublisherUniverzita Karlova, Fakulta humanitních studií
Keywords (English)international historical sociology, uneven and combined development, Visegrád 4, EU
This thesis aims to analyse the current EU crisis from the perspective of international historical sociology. By re-reading Jenö Szücs' essay 'The Three Historical Regions of Europe'  through the lens of the concept of 'uneven and combined development' [Rosenberg 2016], I argue that the countries that have assumed a prominent role in the EU as part of the Visegrád 4 coalition, have been shaped by two hegemonic powers to the East and West respectively. Supplementing the concept of uneven and combined development with a constructivist understanding of state identity, interest and action, I argue that the V4 cooperation is an act of emancipation from the East-Central European region against a perceived Western hegemony, triggered by the multi-level European crisis.