Reintroducing the history and implementation of the European project into general history entails a renewed writing of European history itself. This
perspective is the foundation of the EHNE project, “Écrire une histoire nouvelle de l’Europe” (Writing a New History of Europe). In its February 14, 2012 statement for the second series of project proposals, the Ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche (Ministry of Higher Education and Research) selected EHNE as one of 71 projects to be designated a Laboratoires d’excellence (Research Centers of Excellence, LabEx), bearing the distinction of “investments in the future.”
The principle aim of the EHNE project is to shed light on the current crisis in Europe by reconstructing a new historiography of Europe that is intended for both the scholarly world and that of teachers, citizens, and politicians.
Its ambition is to place the French schools of European history and international relations at the heart of the most essential historiographical and contemporary debates. The project, which is planned for eight years, brings together the expertise of the most noted experts in France on these questions, and links them with influential European and international networks. Five partner laboratories from three universities (Paris IV, Paris 1, Nantes) are conducting the project.
Seven research focusses have been defined to meet these objectives. They are being conducted by one of five primary research centers:
Focus 2 : Europe within a political epistemology (EA Centre de recherche en histoire du XIXe siècle, Paris IV),
Focus 3 : European humanism or the construction of a Europe ‘from itself’ between identity crisis and affirmation (UMR Roland Mousnier, Paris IV),
Focus 4 : Europe, Europeans, and the world (EA CRHIA, Nantes),
Focus 5 : Wars and the traces of war in Europe (UMR SIRICE, Paris 1 et Paris IV),
Focus 6 : A gendered history of Europe (UMR SIRICE, Paris 1 et Paris IV),
The objective is to produce a specific body of work in history:
• An analytical bilingual (French/English) online encyclopedia in connection with an electronic journal and the posting of historic documents online (in their original languages);
• 28 books, 4 per research focus, including 2 in French and English editions;
• A final synthesis, in French and English editions, in the form of a collective volume;
• Workshops, study days and conferences to prepare these publications.