August 2009, Polity
Preface to the English edition page ix
Varieties of object 13
Varieties of terminology 34
Varieties of situation 66
Varieties of response 79
Varieties of outcome 102
European History Quarterly
"[K]nowledgeable and informative."
Times Literary Supplement
"The book's easy and discursive style makes it accessible to the
widest readership without losing out on complexity and intellectual
"Burke shows how [questions of hybridity] raise issues that are
older, broader and closer to our lives than we might think."
Times of Malta
Robert J.C. Young, New York University
"An inspiring and illuminating survey of this highly topical and
important field. Burke wears his outstanding erudition very
lightly, and seeks to inform and enlighten his readers rather than
to impress or browbeat them. He manages to encompass, in this brief
survey, a wealth of historical roots and ramifications both within
and outside Europe, and maintain analytical clarity at all times.
Burke's rigorous, but never rigid, clarity of thought is always
flexibly attuned to the complexities of historical
J. Th. Leerssen, University of Amsterdam
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