"A Sense of a Common Historic Past"


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A discussion on Europe and what it means to be European from a cultural perspective with opinions from a diverse range of commentators.

  • Title
    Culture of Europe
  • 1st Broadcast
  • Contributor
    Richard Sinnot (Presenter)
    Peter Mooney (Producer)
    Sally Reynolds (Producer)
  • Clip Duration
  • Material Type
  • Series title
    Shaping Europe
  • Clip title
    "A Sense of a Common Historic Past"
  • Extended description

    Pat Donlon, Director of the National Library of Ireland, and Martin Mack, a student at the Catholic University of Lublin, Poland, provide their views on Europe.

    While current European debates centre on social, economic and political issues, for many commentators cultural issues are at the core of the debate. English poet Charles Thompson talks of the cultural merits of being part of Europe and the "civilisation of the individual". Pat Donlon views Europe as having a broader canvas than the narrow economic and political one.

    Richard Sinnot asks the question "Is there such a thing as a common European culture?" and points to differences between east and west.

    Magna Baranock, a student at Marie Curie University in Poland, and Ciaran Benson, lecturer at University College Dublin, provide their views on common and diverse cultural sensitivities across Europe. Donlan describes Europe as "a large umbrella, under which many separate, small pieces fit".

    Both literature and language are identified as key in unifying common elements in European culture.

  • Information

    This episode of 'Shaping Europe' was broadcast on 29 May 1992.

    This programme was broadcast just weeks before the Irish people went to the polls to vote on further European integration in the Maastricht Treaty. The referendum took place in Ireland on 18 June 1992, and resulted in 68% in favour.

  • Local keywords
    Pat Donlon, Martin Mack, Charles Thomposon, Pat Donlon, Richard Sinnot, Magna Baranock, Ciaran Benson, Being European, Europe
  • Geographical coverage
  • Topic
    Society and Social Issues
  • Publisher Broadcaster
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ Radio One
  • Production year
  • Country of production
  • Original identifier
  • IPR restrictions
    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Language used
    English (eng)
  • Original language
    English (eng)