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European Parties and the European Integration Process, 1945–1992


Edited By Lucia Bonfreschi, Giovanni Orsina and Antonio Varsori

The present volume brings together three different traditions of historical study: national politics, European integration, and political parties. Since the 1980s, there has been an enlargement of the scope of political history. This attempt to transcend national boundaries can intersect with the new strands of European integration history, paying much more attention to transnational perspectives and forces. The chapters comprised in this book attempt to forge a dialogue between these new methodologies and the study of political parties in manifold ways. Firstly, in the study of party foreign and European politics – how parties have perceived themselves as belonging not only to the national political game, but also to a wider transnational, and European one. Secondly, party history can transcend national boundaries through the study of international and European party cooperation. Thirdly, it can offer worthwhile avenues of study on how political families deal with European integration not along ideological cleavages but along national ones. This volume fills a crucial gap of European historiography by comparing parties’ discourses/platforms/policies on European integration and by developing national, comparative and transnational approaches.
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Lucia Bonfreschi, PhD, is assistant professor in political history at IMT-Lucca and adjunct professor at Luiss-Guido Carli University, Rome. She is the author of Raymond Aron e il gollismo, 1940-1969 (2014); The Re-Emergence of Territorial Cleavage in West European Politics: Regionalism in Historical Perspective (1960s–1990s) (with M. Maccaferri, 2015).

Giovanni Orsina, PhD, is professor of contemporary history, director of the Master in European Studies and deputy director of the School of Government at Luiss-Guido Carli University, Rome. Among his recent publications: Il berlusconismo nella storia d’Italia (2013), translated in English and French; L’alternativa liberale. Malagodi e l’opposizione al centro sinistra (2010).

Antonio Varsori is full professor of history of international relations at the Department of Politics, Law and International Studies of the University of Padua. He is the chairman of the liaison committee of historians of Contemporay Europe at the European Commission and the editor of the journal Ventunesimo Secolo. Among his recent publications: Radioso maggio. Come l’Italia entrò in guerra (2015); Storia internazionale. Dal 1919 a oggi (2015); L’Italia e la fine della guerra fredda. La politica estera dei governi Andreotti (1989-1992) (2013).

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