2nd Edition

The Origins & Development of the European Union 1945-2008
A History of European Integration

Edited By

Martin Dedman

ISBN 9780415435611
Published September 24, 2009 by Routledge
220 Pages

USD $48.95

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Book Description

The new edition of this accessible introduction to the history of the European Union (EU) has been fully revised and updated to reflect the significant changes within the EU over the past decade. Revealing the politics beneath the surface, national rivalries and changing positions behind events, meetings and treaty negotiations, the text:

  • provides a thematic history of European economic and political integration in its economic, military, monetary and political contexts
  • outlines the major schools of thought regarding the causes and motives for European economic integration including the theories of Lipgens, Haas and Milward
  • considers the economic and political reasons for establishing supranational organisations
  • evaluates the impact of the collapse of communism on the EU, its policy implications and member states’ responses
  • contains new and updated material on the Euro, enlargement of the EU, the constitutional debate, EU economic, monetary and foreign policies and other key recent developments.

Ideal introductory reading for those new to the study of the EU seeking a concise and up-to-date account of the political and economic development of the EU, Origins & Development of the European Union is essential for all students of European politics, European history and those looking to gain a thorough understanding of contemporary politics.

Table of Contents

Prologue  Part 1: Origins  1. Definition and Theories of European Integration 1945-1995  2. The Impact and Significance of the European Federalist Movements and the Council of Europe (1949)  3. Conditions in Europe and America and British Policies 1945-49: Integration or Co-operation?  Part 2: Development  4. The Schuman Plan (1950) and the European Coal and Steel Community (1951)  5. German Rearmament, the European Defence Community and the Demise of the European Army 1950-54  6. From the Common Market, the Treaties of Rome (1957) to the First Enlargement (1973)  7. EMU, the First Stage (1973) to the EU (1991)  8. Single Market (1992) to Single Currency (2000)  9. EU Treaty Changes and EU External Relations 1998-2008

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Dr. Martin J. Dedman is currently a visiting Research Scholar at the McBride Center for International Business, Baylor University, Texas and is a former Senior Lecturer at Middlesex University (1970-2007).


Martin Dedman's book is a lively, trenchant and concise survey of the EU's development. It well illustrates many of the significant tensions among member states, and the gaps between rhetoric and reality in the EU.

Richard McAllister. University of Edinburgh.