In the seventeenth century, what had been known as Christendom became Europe, and a new civilization came into being, European civilization. From then on, Europe mirrored itself not only in its Greco-Roman legacy and its Judeo-Christian religion, but also in the world's other civilizations discovered by European travelers.
In 1984 the Rockefeller Foundation invited the Editorial Board of the History of European Ideas (founded in 1979) to hold its first conference in Bellagio, Italy on the theme 'Europe in a Changing World'. There, the editors of the journal decided to create the International Society for the Study of European Ideas (ISSEI).
The Society and its journal seek to promote the study of Europe's cultural past and present. Special stress will be laid on the inventive and creative aspects of the European mind in science, religion, philosophy, art, literature, sociology, politics, history, economics and psychology. European ideas will be shown to be the outcome of over four centuries of a continual cultural exchange between European nations.
The European Legacy: Towards New Paradigms
The authoritative Library Journal (New York) has, in its May 1997 issue, named The European Legacy: Towards New Paradigms as ONE OF THE TEN BEST MAGAZINES OF 1996. Quoting from the review,Library Journal says
Each issue of this interdisciplinary journal examines the interplay and impact of Europe's rich intellectual history. Edited under the direction of a prestigious editorial board for the International Society for the Study of European Ideas, this is not a celebration of the continent's world dominance. Rather, in articles like 'Spinoza and Biblical Interpretation' and special issues, such as the forthcoming Post-Modern Fascism, philosophers, political scientists, and sociologists wrestle with the historical paradoxes and uncertain future that confront the unifying, but still warring, countries. Encouraging work in the best scholarly tradition of thinking across boundaries, this journal will find a welcome audience at virtually any academic institution.