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European Parties and the European Integration Process, 1945–1992


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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Giulia Bentivoglio is Research Fellow at the Department of Political Sciences, Law and International Studies of the University of Padua. She was lecturer for the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs diplomatic service’s preparatory course. She holds a PhD in History of International Relations and Organizations from the University of Salento and an MA in Transatlantic Studies from the Universities of Birmingham and Padua. She is author of the volume La relazione necessaria. La Gran Bretagna del governo Heath e gli Stati Uniti (1970-1974), Milano, FrancoAngeli, 2011, and of several articles and essays. Her main research interests lie in post-war British foreign policy.

Giovanni Bernardini has been a Researcher at the German-Italian Historical Institute (Trento, Italy) since early 2011. He earned his PhD in History of International Relations from the University of Florence in 2005. He is the author of the book Nuova Germania, antichi timori. Stati Uniti, Ostpolitik e sicurezza europea, Bologna, il Mulino, 2013. In recent years he has published several articles and essays on German foreign policy, the comparative history of the socialist and social democratic parties of Western Europe, and the political and cultural dimensions of the Cold War.

Lucia Bonfreschi PhD is Assistant Professor in Political History at IMT-Lucca and Adjunct Professor of History of Political Institutions at Luiss-Guido Carli University (Rome). Her research interests focus on French and Italian political history, French intellectuals and the history of European integration. Among her recent publications are Raymond Aron e il gollismo,...

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