Europe Recast: A History of European Union

Europe Recast: A History of European Union

by Desmond Dinan
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Lynne Rienner Publishers, Inc.


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Europe Recast: A History of European Union

From early Cold War support by the United States for European integration in order to enhance regional security and economic recovery from the ravages of World War II to the creation and current challenges of the Soviet Union, Dinan (public policy, George Mason U.) offers a history of European political and economic integration. He stresses the importance of national interests as an explanatory mechanism for integration over the existence of "Euro-idealism," but allows that a felicitous combination of pragmatism and idealism were necessary for the undertaking to succeed. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781588262301
Publisher: Lynne Rienner Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 10/01/2003
Pages: 373
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Desmond Dinanis Professor of Public Policy and Jean Monnet Chair in European Public Policy at George Mason University, USA. His numerous publications include Ever Closer Union (4th edition, Palgrave Macmillan, 2010).

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsxi
The Interwar Experience2
Toward European Union5
Purpose and Organization of the Book9
1What Kind of Union?13
From World War to Cold War14
The European Movement22
Prospects for Economic Integration25
Tackling the German Question28
The Schuman Declaration37
2Europe of the Communities45
The European Coal and Steel Community46
The European Defense Community and the European Political Community57
The European Economic Community and the European Atomic Energy Community64
3Constructing the European Community83
Setting Up Shop84
Implementing the Customs Union and Fending Off the Free Trade Area89
The Common Agricultural Policy94
The CAP, British Accession, and Grand Designs97
The Empty Chair Crisis and the Luxembourg Compromise104
A Decade of European Community Integration108
The Spirit of The Hague126
From Six to Nine135
Surviving the Storm145
Prospects for European Union161
Fair Winds168
In the Doldrums175
Picking Up Speed185
The Single European Act206
The Single Market Program216
Solidarity Through Cohesion and Social Policy225
7Achieving European Union233
Economic and Monetary Union234
The Changing Political Context241
The Maastricht Treaty245
8The Challenges of European Union265
The Challenge of Enlargement266
Institutional and Political Challenges283
Policy Challenges298
National Interests and Supranational Solutions321
Individuals, Institutions, and Ideas323
Europe Recast325
Appendix 1List of Abbreviations and Acronyms327
Appendix 2The Ever-Wider EU, 1957-2004329
Appendix 3Major Treaty Changes331
Appendix 4Chronology333
About the Book373

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'A fascinating account that is not dull and dry, but rather full of idealism, bureaucratic intrigue, personalities and political entrepreneurs, ideological struggles, and fluctuating international complexities and environments. Dinan masterfully brings these all together to provide an excellent treatment of the European Community's and later the European Union's institutional and policy development.' - Peter H. Loedel, EUSA Review

'Useful as a set text for any chronologically structured course.' - Michelle Cini, Times Higher Education Supplement

'The book is a gem...a good read for those of us who know the story, and an even better one for students who do not.' - Steven B. Wolinetz, International Journa

l'Dinan's comprehensive and readable history of European integration draws on a rich array of sources, including his own extensive EU experience. Students and scholars alike will find a new insight on every page!' - Brent Nelsen, Furman University

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