This friendly, concise and up-to-date introduction to the European Union is essential reading for those new to the study of Europe. It shows students clearly why the European Union is so important for an understanding of the politics of the second half of the twentieth century. Martin Dedman:
* provides a general history of European unity and integration from 1945-1995
* provides an essential clarification of terms and definitions
* outlines the three major schools of thought regarding the causes of European integration
* considers the economic and political reasons for establishing supranational organisations
* discusses other European organisations created since 1945
* traces all the key events since 1945 including the Maastricht Treaty and the movement towards European Economic and Monetary Union.
Prologue Part I: 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 - 1949: Integration of Cooperation? Part II: 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 Common Market to a Single Market: the Treaties of Rome 1957 to the Treaty on European Union 1992 Epilogue