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The Road to a United Europe

Interpretations of the Process of European Integration


Morten Rasmussen and Ann-Christina L. Knudsen

Historical scholarship has for a long time focused on the foreign policy and commercial dimensions of European integration. At a time when the European Union has become increasingly multidimensional, it is appropriate for historians to follow suit in their approach to studying Europe. This book draws upon traditional areas of research, but crucially also breaks new ground, demonstrating the innovative approaches of a new generation of historians.
In the book, twenty-two young scholars explore five different interpretative strands of the study of the history of European integration. The contributors participated in the second RICHIE conference (Réseau international de jeunes chercheurs en histoire de l’intégration européenne, or International Network of Young Researchers in European Integration History), held in Copenhagen in December 2006.
Their work is based on extensive new research into a number of governmental and international archives, as well the archives of several non-governmental organisations and various personal archives.
Contents: Ann-Christina L. Knudsen/Morten Rasmussen: Introduction – Carol Bergami : Des lignées proudhoniennes ? Sur les racines et sur la portée d’un européisme pluraliste « à la française » – François-Xavier Lafféach: An Avant-garde for Europe. The Young European Federalists and the Emergence of a European Consciousness, 1948-1972 – Lucia Bonfreschi : Jean Monnet et le retour au pouvoir du général de Gaulle en 1958 – Niklas H. Rossbach: Edward Heath’s Vision and the Year of Europe – Anders Thornvig Sørensen: European Integration as the Rescue of the Nation-State? The CAP – Ferdinand Leikam: A Strategy that Failed - Great Britain, Commonwealth Africa and EEC Association Policy, 1957-1963 – Henning Türk: The European Policy of West Germany’s Grand Coalition, 1966-1969. Economics, Politics and Actors – Simone Selva: Recovery and Security. Early US Military Assistance to Italy and the Beginning of European Economic Integration – Giuliano Garavini: The Conference for International Economic Cooperation. A European Diplomatic Reaction to the «Oil Shock», 1975-1977 – Thomas Fetzer: «Social Europe» as an Answer to Economic Globalisation. British and German Trade Unions and European Integration in the 1980s and 1990s – Guia Migani : La politique de coopération européenne : une politique étrangère ante litteram ? Le rôle de la CEE au DAC pendant les années 1960 – Philip Robert Bajon: The Empty Chair Crisis of 1965-1966. Perspectives and Interests of the French Government – Helen Parr: Britain’s Policy towards Nuclear Co-operation with France and Britain’s Entry into the EEC, 1961-1973 – Aurélie Elisa Gfeller: A Contested Identity. France and the Year of Europe, 1973-1974 – Angela Romano: A Single European Voice Can Speak Louder to the World. The EPC and the CSCE Experiences – Kimmo Elo: European Integration and Germany’s Ostpolitik. From New Ostpolitik to «Strategic Partnership» – Katja Seidel: Actors and Ideas. Tracing Continuities in European Agricultural Policy – Alexander Reinfeldt: United on the Road to Europe? Supranational, Governmental and Non-Governmental Information Efforts in Britain, 1952-1972 – Simone Paoli: Between Sovereignty Dilemmas and Cultural Strategies. France and the Birth of the Community Education Policy, 1968-1974 – Laura Scichilone: The Origins of the Common Environmental Policy. The Contributions of Spinelli and Mansholt in the ad hoc Group of the European Commission, 1969-1972 – Emmanuel Mourlon-Druol: The Creation of the European Council at the December 1974 Paris Summit – Federica di Sarcina : Une Assemblée pour l’égalité des chances. Origines de la Commission des droits de la femme du Parlement européen, 1979-1984.