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.
13 Acknowledgements The idea behind this project would never have occurred to me with- out the inspiration of Mrs J. McReavy and I would never have been able to write it without that of Miss Gloria Cadman. Equally indispensable, though in a different way, have been Professor René Leboutte and my Aunt, Françoise Kunka. Many people have read drafts of the text and patiently suffered my intransigence: Helen Brown, Peter Kwasniewski, David Braine, Brian Midgely, Bettina Tonn, Tony Heywood and Trevor Salmon. My efforts have also been sustained over the years by the influence and example of Barry Robertson and Ian MacInnes. I would like to thank the University of Luxembourg and the staff of the Queen Mother and Taylor Libraries at the University of Aberdeen, of the British Library and of the Bodleian Library. I owe a special debt to the staff at the Departmental Archives of Moselle and of the Maison Robert Schuman. In particular the assistance and encouragement of Eric Necker of Conseil Général de la Moselle have been invaluable. An unpayable debt of love and gratitude is owed to my parents Anne and Geoff and my sister Katherine.
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