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European Integration and Disintegration: East and West
     

European Integration and Disintegration: East and West

by Robert Bideleux
 

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ISBN-10: 0415137403

ISBN-13: 9780415137409

Pub. Date: 05/22/1996

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Europe has changed radically since 1989 and continues to change at great speed. This book deals with the principle problems and challenges confronting Europe in the aftermath of the Cold War and the collapse of European communism.
Whilst endeavouring to strike a balance between East, West, North and South, the volume is more concerned with the changing political

Overview

Europe has changed radically since 1989 and continues to change at great speed. This book deals with the principle problems and challenges confronting Europe in the aftermath of the Cold War and the collapse of European communism.
Whilst endeavouring to strike a balance between East, West, North and South, the volume is more concerned with the changing political, economic and cultural morphology of Europe, and of the relations within it, than with the formal institutional arrangements of the European Community and its successor, the European Union. There are already numerous books on the institutional development of the EU, but relatively few with a wider compass and institutional interpretations of European integration.
The book shows that the study of European integration should be taken in the round, avoiding a narrow and self-centered concern with the development of the 'lesser Europe' of the EU. It demonstrates that integration should be seen as neither an inexorable predetermined process, nor as an automatic consequence of high levels of economic interdependence, but rather as something that proceeds in fits and starts and sometimes suffers reverses.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415137409
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
05/22/1996
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.81(d)
Lexile:
1700L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: European Integration and Disintegration 2. French Motives for European Integration 3. Churchill and Europe: A Revision 4. European Security: A New Era of Crisis 5. The UK in Europe: An Awkward or Accommodating Partner 6. In the Strategic Triangle: Denmark and the European Union 7. The Crisis of the Italian State 8. The Southern Enlargement of the EC: Spain, Portugal and Greece 9. National Identity in a United and Divided Germany 10. The Comecon Experiment 11. Poland's `Return to Europe', 1989-94 12. Bringing the East Back In 13. The Double-Headed Eagle: Russia - East or West? 14. In Lieu of a Conclusion: East Meets West

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