An historian can define European identity descriptively, as Krzysztof Pomian demonstrates in a tour of European culture since the first millennium before Christ. But the real controversy lies elsewhere, in the political question: what of the European past is worth preserving?
is honorary director of research at the Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS) in Paris and professor of philosophy at the Nikolaus Kopernikus University in Torun, Poland. He is academic director of the Europe Museum in Brussels.
Krysztof Pomian examines European attitudes towards Poland and Poland’s attitudes towards the European Union. He uncovers startling similarities in the rhetoric used by the European Left and the Polish Right in their arguments against the enlargement.