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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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Central European émigré Party and the European integration



Institute of National Remembrance, Lublin Branch / Associate Professor, Catholic University of Lublin

Émigré party?

The term émigré party is not universally adopted in reference books. After Stephane Dufoix one may talk about politiques d’exil or, as Anna Jaroszyńska-Kirchmann has suggested, about exile missions. Idesbald Goddeeris, a Belgian historian who studied exiles’ strategies for lobbying international organisations using the example of the Nouvelles Équipes Internationales,1 would be much closer to the concept of an émigré party. The research of historian Yossi Shain, who described the limits of loyalty of a community of exiles in their country of settlement,2 also shows an inclination towards this concept.

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