This is a set of articles written by Professor Bronislaw Geremek, a former Foreign Minister of Poland and one of the world’s scholars of medieval European history. The articles are: Thinking about Europe as a community, Europe and the world and Some remarks on Trans-Atlantic Convergences and Divergences.
Thinking about Europe as a community
Jean Monnet is supposed to have said that if he was going to start again, he would start with culture. We know that he never did say that because he - the inspiration behind European integration - knew very well that in that case he would have failed. Read the entire article. (English, rtf format)
Europe and the world
The dawn of the new century has been marked by predictions of the future that have now proven to be false. The world was supposed to experience "the end of history" and the exhaustion of the traditional conflicts of modern times: however, no sooner had this Hegelian vision appeared in newspaper headlines than it was belied by the bloody conflicts in the Balkans. Read the entire article. (English, rtf format)
Some remarks on Trans-Atlantic Convergences and Divergences
Only a few short years have passed since we bade farewell to the 20th century and ushered in a new millennium. Generalised assessments always include the question of whether the glass is half empty or half full; and so there have been differing evaluations put forth on the outcomes of the passing century and the prospects of the new one. Read the entire article. (English, rtf format)
Professor Bronislaw Geremek is the former Foreign Minister of Poland and one of the world’s most eminent scholars of medieval European history, especially of France and Poland.
He was a key intellectual adviser to the Solidarity trade union in Poland and chaired the Committee for Political Reform in the negotiations with Polish communist leaders at the 1989 Round Table talks, which ushered in the end of communism in Europe. Since the collapse of communism, he has been one of the major public intellectual figures and one of the most distinguished public intellectuals and statesman, in Poland and also in the forging of the new Europe. He was the key figure in negotiating the acceptance of Poland into NATO, and the European Union. He has been an unwavering supporter of democratic principles, national independence and the principles of liberty.