The European Legacy: Toward New Paradigms
A Brief History of the Journal and its Importance Today
With roots dating back to the 1980s and the creation of The International Society for the Study of European Ideas (ISSEI), The European Legacy: Toward New Paradigms was founded by Sascha and Ezra Talmor as a multidisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal. The journal has been published by Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group since 2000.
The European Legacy is devoted to the study of the philosophical, historical, ideological and cultural underpinnings of modern Europe and its relations with the rest of the world.
Despite their often violent histories, their ethnic, linguistic and other differences, European states also share common institutional, cultural and religious traditions. But apart from its constant tensional condition of unity and diversity, modern Europe is also an ideal, a constellation of aspirations and norms; it aspires to greater inclusion, public transparency and dialogue, a concern for balancing the personal freedom, social welfare and equality of its citizens, with a (self)-critical disposition for appraising its violent past in order to create more peaceful, economically, technologically and administratively responsive and cooperative forms of life. Europe, then, is not only its composite traditions but an active orientation to the future.
The journal provides a forum for engaging with, and reflecting upon, Europe’s past and potential new paradigms: the tensions, crises, failures and successes that are intrinsic to Europe’s contribution to the human story. It welcomes different voices and visions, methods and approaches, to improving our understanding of what Europe has meant and may become in the future.
We welcome well-written, well-researched and well-argued articles that contribute to a better understanding of Europe and the world, the history of European ideas, and how various currents of thought reflect and impinge on society, institutions, values, and challenges.
Our publications span the entire range of the humanities and social sciences. While academics often prefer to publish their research in specialized journals, our journal offers a diverse, international readership and exposes readers to subjects that lie outside their own professional fields. This richness and variety of subject matter is particularly important in an age of ever growing levels of specialization.
Why submit to The European Legacy?
- The European Legacy is one of a handful of genuinely multidisciplinary journals in the ‘history of ideas’ of Europe and of western civilization more generally. We publish more than 40 articles, 25-30 review essays, and about 140 book reviews a year.
- Reputation and continuity: The European Legacy has created its own tradition, much aided by ISSEI’s 15 biennial conferences over the past 30 years, with a total of almost 8000 participants.
- Intellectual inclusiveness and international reach: scholars from all career levels, from any country, are invited to submit their work on European intellectual history, on Europe’s culture and politics, and relations with the rest of the world, to be considered for publication in our journal.
Aims and Scope
The European Legacy is a multidisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal devoted to the study of European intellectual and cultural history and the new paradigms of thought that have evolved in the making of modern Europe.
The European Legacy publishes articles, reviews, and book reviews on the entire range of the humanities and social sciences.
Peer Review Policy
All articles published by the journal are peer reviewed by at least two anonymous referees.