Great Deception: The Secret History of the European Union

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This book tells for the first time the inside story of the most audacious political project of modern times: the plan to unite Europe under a single 'supranational' government. From the 1920s, when the blueprint for the European Union was first conceived by a British civil servant, this meticulously documented account takes the story right up to current moves to give Europe a political constitution, already planned 60 years ago to be the 'crowning dream' of the whole project.  The book shows how the gradual ...

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Overview

This book tells for the first time the inside story of the most audacious political project of modern times: the plan to unite Europe under a single 'supranational' government. From the 1920s, when the blueprint for the European Union was first conceived by a British civil servant, this meticulously documented account takes the story right up to current moves to give Europe a political constitution, already planned 60 years ago to be the 'crowning dream' of the whole project.  The book shows how the gradual assembling of a European government has amounted to a 'slow motion coup d'etat', based on a strategy of deliberate deception, into which Britain's leaders, Macmillan and Heath, were consciously drawn. Drawing on a wealth of new evidence, scarcely an episode of the story does not emerge in startling new light, from the real reasons why de Gaulle kept Britain out in the 1960s to the fall of Mrs Thatcher. The book chillingly shows how Britain's politicians, not least Tony Blair, have consistently been outplayed in a game the rules of which they never understood. But it ends by asking whether, from the euro to enlargement, the 'project' has now overreached itself, as a gamble doomed to fail.   Since their collaboration began in 1992, Christopher Booker, a Sunday Telegraph columnist, and Richard North, who worked for four years in Brussels and Strasbourg as a senior researcher, have won a unique reputation for their expertise on Britain's relationship to the European Union. Their previous publications included The Mad Officials (1994), The Castle of Lies (1996) and a best-selling report on Britain's 2001 foot-and-mouth epidemic. But they regard The Great Deception as the book they have been waiting to write for ten years. Published to coincide with the launch of Giscard D'Estaing's new European Constitution in November, this work suggests that the United States of Europe has been based on a colossal confidence trick

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826476524
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 4/28/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 488
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Bibliography
Introduction 1
1 The Birth of an Idea: 1918-1932 4
2 The Nazi Cul-de-Sac: 1933-1945 18
3 Two Tries that Failed: 1945-1949 31
4 'An Almost Mystical Conception': 1950-1951 47
5 The Rocky Road to Rome: 1950-1957 58
6 'A Triumph for Monnet': 1958-1961 86
7 Why de Gaulle Kept Britain Out: 1961-1969 102
8 The Real Deceit of Edward Heath: 1970-1975 134
9 Britain Stays In: 1973-1975 158
10 'The Awkward Partner': 1975-1984 174
11 Enter Mr. Spinelli: 1979-1986 195
12 In a Minority of One: 1986-1988 225
13 'No! No! No!': 1988-1990 243
14 'At the Heart of Europe': 1990-1993 262
15 Theory and Practice: 1992-1993 291
16 Odd Man Out: 1993-1997 307
17 Towards 'Political Unity': 1997-1999 342
18 Which Europe': 1999-2001 368
19 End Game: 2002-2003 404
20 Deception or Self-Deception? 427
Index 455
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