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Crise et identité

Abstract : Our article aims to study the link between crisis and identity within European civilization. For this, we have chosen as the cornerstone of our reflection The Persians by Aeschylus, a tragedy that by staging for the first time the separation between the Greeks and the Persians aspires to create and celebrate a supranational Greek identity. The playwright chooses to base this opposition on the different political and socio-identity systems of the two peoples: on the one hand, he describes the Persian Empire, an unequal society in which the people is a conglomerate of heterogeneous populations which have nothing in common with each other except a forced loyalty to the king; on the other hand, he portrays Greek cultural and political unity, which asks every citizen to engage directly, to be ready to fight for his family, his polis and his supranational community. After studying the etymological and historical links between crisis, separation, and identity, we will relate these concepts to contemporary European identity, seeking to give a possible definition. We think along the same lines as Aeschylus and Snyder: besides its history and its culture, what defines Europe and its identity in the past as in our days are its institutions, its capacity to create an area of civil rights and welfare without equivalents in the rest of the world.
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Massimo de Giusti. Crise et identité. Cahiers du CRINI, Les éditions du CRINI, 2020, Création et crise en Europe. ⟨hal-03253051⟩



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