Robert Schuman was a close student of Aquinas and committed to the reconciliation of the Church and the Republic. As French Foreign Minister he sought to act upon Maritain’s belief that a European federation conceived under the banner of liberty would ultimately lead to the establishment of a new Christendom.
11 Preface The person of Robert Schuman appears, and I emphasise appears, familiar to the French speaking public. As one of the “Fathers of Europe” he is numbered among the historical symbols of the European Union. His declaration of the 9th May 1950, drafted by Jean Monnet and his entourage, has a secure place among the “founding texts” so much so that in 1985, the 9th May was declared “Europe Day” (although the symbols of the community were not enshrined in the Lisbon Treaty as they had been in the proposed Constitution). In short, Robert Schuman is among those names which have become symbolic and yet remain little known in substance. It is the merit of Alan Fimister to have provided us with more than a biography of Robert Schuman in English (the absence of which had become a serious omission), but above all a critical analysis of the intellectual and spiritual path of a man, Robert Schuman, whose social and political engagement was rooted in the great period of spiritual and intellectual debate initiated by Leo XIII in 1879. The deeper study of the Neo-Thomistic thinkers, particularly of the circle which gravitated around Jacques Maritain, allows the author to unfold for us the personality of Robert Schuman in all its richness. Thanks to a fruitful investigation of the archival sources Alan Fimister has presented us with a vision of a politician and a thinker profoundly engaged with the great issues of his time. Far from the caricature of Robert...
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