European Integration A Concise History

ISBN-10: 0742566641
ISBN-13: 9780742566644
Edition: 2nd 2011
Authors: Mark F. Gilbert
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Description: A fully revised and updated edition of Surpassing Realism: The Politics of European Integration since 1945, this book remains the standard for concise histories of the European Union. Mark F. Gilbert offers a clear and balanced narrative of European  More...

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List price: $22.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/17/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 292
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.968
Language: English

A fully revised and updated edition of Surpassing Realism: The Politics of European Integration since 1945, this book remains the standard for concise histories of the European Union. Mark F. Gilbert offers a clear and balanced narrative of European integration since its inception to the present, set in the wider history of the post-war period. Imperial decline and decolonization, the threat and then fall of communism, the impact of American policy, and the democratization of the Mediterranean and central European countries are just some of the contemporaneous historical developments whose intersecting stories have been woven into this book’s fabric. The European Union remains a remarkable experiment in regional cooperation, but the aura of success that has enveloped the process of integration for much of the period since the 1950s is dissipating in the wake of dire economic collapses and heated immigration debates. Gilbert concludes by examining the mood of crisis that has taken hold in the EU since 2005 and considers the Union’s future.

Acknowledgments
Abbreviations and Acronyms
Chronology 1945-2011
Introduction
Enemies to Partners: The Politics of Cooperation in Western Europe 1945-1950
The American Vision for Europe: The Marshall Plan and the OEEC
A "Harmonious Society": The Vision of the European Movement
Cooperation between Governments: The British Vision
The German Question and the Schuman Plan
Ever Closer Union: From the Schuman Plan to the Economic Community 1950-1958
The Coal and Steel Community
The Defense Community
From Messina to Rome
The Treaties of Rome: March 25, 1957
Washington's Benevolent Gaze
In the Shadow of the General: De Gaulle and the EEC 1958-1969
The EEC's First Four Years
The "Union of States"
The First British Negotiation for Entry
The "Empty Chair" Crisis and the Luxembourg Compromise
A Certain Vision of Europe
Weathering the Storm: The EC during the 1970s
The Hague Conference and Its Consequences
From Six to Nine
Monetary Turmoil 1971-1974
Foreign Policy Initiatives and the Tindemans Report
The European Monetary System
Beyond the Common Market
The 1992 Initiative and Relaunch of the Community
France Sees the Light
The British Budgetary Question
Mediterranean Enlargement
The 1992 Initiative and the Dooge Committee
The Single European Act
Evaluating the Single European Act
The Maastricht Compromise
The "Delors Package" and the Delors Report
The Bruges Speech
German Unification and Its Consequences
An Obstacle Removed
The "Hour of Europe"
The Treaty on European Union
Making Sense of Maastricht
EUphoria?
Adopting the Euro
Enlargement
The Institutional Question
The EU's Growing World Role
Toward a Twin-Track Europe?
Brought Back to Earth
A PIGS' Breakfast?
European Norms
Notes
Bibliographical Essay
Index
About the Author

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