In Histoires Continentales, we reject the division of Europe in geographical areas. We seek to disprove political clichés and cultural stereotypes. Rather, we think Europe in continental terms and beyond: we question the division of Europe in east, west, central, or southeast, just to mention the most common options. These categories too often come along with simplifications of history and impede to see the close ties and connections that persist within the European space. It is in this sense that Histoires Continentales stress transfers, entanglements and interdependencies, which criss-cross social, geographical, and political areas. At the same time, we look beyond the Continent’s margins. Histoires Continentales do not stop at the Urals, the Mediterranean basin, the Caucasus, and look at global processes that link the cultures, societies, and polities of the European continent.
Histoires Continentales is a politically open channel. The editorial team encourages dissenting and heterogeneous voices pertaining to controversial topics. Consequently, positions expressed here do not necessarily correspond to those of the editors. All our contributors, however, share one feature, that is a deep interest and knowledge about their respective topic: Histoires Continentales gathers observers of current events and of historical developments, and contributes to disseminate their knowledge.
Histoires Continentales spread stories that run against the mainstream interpretations. In contrast to the day-to-day coverage, we aim at shedding light on dark spots of history, and at looking beneath superficial appearances. We offer alternative and critical perspectives on important topics and seek to uncover the historical backdrop of current events. We unravel continuities and highlight ruptures. Histoires Continentales deal with untold stories in the entangled European space, look at details, recover apparently small and forgotten stories. Our aim is to share knowledge about our continent, to offer analyses and information beyond confrontation, mystification and sensationalism, in order to contribute to a complex understanding of Europe as an undefined, ever changing, and yet connected and connecting space.