Enlargement has been an almost constant part of European integration history – going from an improvised exercise to the EU’s most developed foreign policy tool. However, neither the longevity nor the complexity of enlargement has been properly historicised.
European Enlargement across Rounds and Beyond Borders offers three interdisciplinary, innovative, and indeed radical, new ways of understanding and analysing EC/EU enlargements: first, tracing Longue Durée developments; second, investigating enlargement Beyond the Road to Membership; and third, exploring the Entangled Exchanges and synergies between the EC/EU and its outside. This edited volume will provide fresh perspectives on enlargement as one of the defining processes in Europe in the second half of the 20th century: How are we to understand enlargement as a policy? How has it changed the EU? What is the historical role of the British press in shaping the UK’s visions of Europe? How has enlargement played into Russia’s relationship with today’s EU? Giving answers to these questions, and many more, this volume wishes to spark a broad debate about the roots, range, and repercussions of enlargement, and how historians, and other scholars, should engage with it.
This publication will be of key interest to scholars and students of modern European history and politics, the European integration process, EU studies, and more broadly multilateral international institutions, history, law and the social sciences.
"The volume sets itself apart from the previous historiographical literature on EU / EU enlargement…" - Henning Türk, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-University Bonn. Book Review in: H-Soz-Kult, 11.03.2019.
"Taken together, the 11 chapters of the book demonstrate how going beyond established chronologies and themes can fruitfully enhance our understanding of enlargement and feed into a research agenda for future studies. Arguably, the volume’s added value can be seen in building bridges to research (communities) outside the confines of EU history." - Brigitte Leucht, University of Portsmouth, UK, Book Review in European History Quarterly, 49(2), 324–326, 2019.
Introduction: Towards a New Understanding of Enlargement
(Haakon A. Ikonomou, Aurélie Andry, and Rebekka Byberg)
Part I: Longue Durée
1. Enlargement Disenchanted? Two Transitions to Democracy and Where We Are with Today’s Crisis
2. Enlargement as Foreign Policy: A Research Agenda
3. Enlargement and Identity: Studying Reasons
Part II: Beyond the Road to Membership
4. The Inward-looking outsider? The British Popular Press and European Integration, 1961-1992
5. Irish Foreign Policy and European Political Cooperation from Membership to Maastricht: Navigating Neutrality
(Michael J. Geary)
6. Enlargement Policy Towards Central and Eastern Europe: What EU Policy-Makers Learned
Part III: Entangled Exchanges
7. Enlargement and the EC’s Evolving Democratic Identity 1962–1978
(Emma De Angelis and Eirini Karamouzi)
8. The Enlargement Template and the EU’s Relations with Russia
9. Integration From The Outside: The EC and EFTA from 1960 to the 1995 Enlargement
10. Communitarian Boomerang: How Norway Changed the Common Fisheries Policy, 1961-1972
(Haakon A. Ikonomou)
(N. Piers Ludlow)