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Converging Pathways- Itinerarios Cruzados

Spain and the European Integration Process- España y el proceso de construcción europea

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Edited By Cristina Blanco-Sío Lopez and Susana Muñoz

Europe: the fruit of a willing construction that superseded much of its past darkness by gradually transforming numerous walls, prejudices and conflicts into bridges of cooperation and mutually enriching developments. Spain: An amalgam of creative tensions, of groundbreaking realisations, of successively frustrated and regained horizons and of long fought hopes. This monograph aims to analyse the vectors and degrees of convergence, the cohesion factors and the changing paradigms of the relation between both in a context marked by crisis and questioning. The key question in this realm is: Do they still revolve around converging pathways? The answer implies, at once, conscious mirrors and new determinations.
Europa: Fruto de una construcción que superó muchas de las sombras de su pasado por medio de la transformación de numerosos muros, prejuicios y confl ictos en puentes de cooperación y en desarrollos mutuamente enriquecedores. España: Una amalgama de tensiones creativas, ideas revolucionarias, horizontes sucesivamente frustrados y reconquistados y esperanzas por las que se lucha largamente. Esta obra tiene por objetivo analizar los vectores y grados de convergencia, los factores de cohesión y los paradigmas cambiantes de la relación entre ambas en un contexto de crisis y cuestionamiento. La pregunta clave en este sentido es: ¿Gravitan todavía en torno a itinerarios cruzados? La respuesta implica, a un tiempo, reflejos conscientes y nuevas determinaciones.
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Inexorably Two. Portugal and Spain in the Context of European Cooperation and Accession to the Communities: the Past, Pathways and Dialogue (1945–1986): (Maria Fernanda Rollo)

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Portugal and Spain in the Context of European Cooperation and Accession to the Communities: the Past, Pathways and Dialogue (1945-1986)

Maria Fernanda ROLLO

Researcher and Vice-President, IHC & Associate Professor, FCSH, Universidade Nova de Lisboa

This chapter is a historical study of dialogue between Portugal and Spain during the process of European integration, and is essentially based on Portuguese testimony. The aim is to identify and summarise the times and rhythms that characterised Spanish and Portuguese approaches to Europe between the end of the Second World War and accession, the principal characteristics underlying and determining them, perceptions of the factors bringing them together or differentiating them, the positions they adopted and the way they interacted and influenced each other.

A further aim is to emphasise prospects emerging in the field of historical research and European studies, and to highlight their importance by means of a comprehensive approach with a view to analysing and interpreting them on the basis of compared or comparative history.

The proposed approach involves five basic lines of analysis:

– the compared history of Portugal and Spain’s involvement in the process of European integration since the Second World War, considering their respective national political frameworks and their place in the international historical context;

– the Iberian view of its position and place on the post-war international stage, particularly in the context of European integration;

– individual or joint...

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