The purpose of the book was to dust off some of the traditional approaches to the European story, in the hope of making the study of Europe as alive as Europe itself. The text features maps, imagery, British novelists, French rappers and Dutch philosopher Benedict Spinoza, whose writings Olivier explores in his doctoral work at the Department of Politics and International Relations.
Olivier’s book was one of eight shortlisted for the prize.
He said: “Jacques Delors’ legacy is key to understanding Europe’s fortunes over the past few decades. It is serendipitous but intimidating to see this little book shortlisted for a prize that bears his name. I owe a debt of intellectual gratitude to the scholars of the European Studies Centre, particularly Professors Nicolaïdis and Garton Ash.”