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:
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.
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.
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