Journals and European Integration 1939–1979
Edited By Daniele Pasquinucci, Daniela Preda and Luciano Tosi
Culture, Politics, Information: The Newspapers of the Movements for European Unity: Daniela Preda
Culture, Politics, Information: The Newspapers of the Movements for European Unity
The war and post-war period witnessed a widespread diffusion of unitary ideas in Europe. The ideas of peace, solidarity and cooperation inevitably developed from the crucible of the Resistance, which was in close contact with the devastation of the war and the totalitarian degeneration this brought to the national states. Often involved side by side in the common struggle against the Nazi-Fascist oppressors, many Resistance members found themselves beyond their own frontiers not only to coordinate their military action to ensure victory but also to study the means of building a federation of European states that would guarantee political stability, economic well-being and social progress on the Continent.
It was the war, with all the ruin it caused and its macabre trophies, which engendered in everyone, young and old alike, the thirst to engage in politics, the desire to work toward a renewal of society, providing them with a faith in national renewal and the exhilaration of those who feel themselves to be protagonists writing a new history. Faced with this catastrophe political thought freed itself of doctrines that could not keep pace with history, abandoned false, utopian solutions, and considered the ways to “construct” peace and a new prospective for dealing with the problems of international anarchy and the concept itself of statehood and its relation with the nation. On trial was nationalism, which recognized the state as the exclusive...
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