An Historical Introduction to the European Union by Philip Thody

By Philip Thody

An historic creation to the eu Union is a chronological political background of eu integration from the Fifties to the current. it is also a contextualising survey of wider eu historical past because the 1600s, and locations unification opposed to a historical past of worldwide politics. This in actual fact written advent to the fundamental background, economics and politics of the eu Union assumes no previous wisdom. It bargains a close account of the Union with sections on: * how the Union works * easy rules of the Union * arguments over contested practices, together with agriculture * problems with the chilly struggle, expansion, and the position of the USA * language * unmarried ecu foreign money With an annotated bibliography, chronology and advisor to the associations of the ecu Union, An historic creation to the eu Union comprises the newest study and certain therapy of the regulations of the eu Union.

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Not only did it encourage the inflation which became one of the great threats to world prosperity in the 1970s. It also gave rise to the rather subversive view that the increased prosperity which the six original members of the European Community had enjoyed throughout the 1950s and 1960s would have happened anyway, whether they had chosen to form a customs union or not. The rising tide which raises all boats could well have been the product of a general international prosperity which had, from time to time, enabled even the British economy to show signs of working satisfactorily.

A third, which remains linked to the hostility towards continental Europeans inspiring movements such as Sir James Goldsmith’s Referendum Party and books like Bernard Connolly’s The Rotten Heart of Europe (1995),1 was the fear of a loss of national independence, linked with the view that any unified Europe to emerge from the process begun by the Treaty of Paris would be one governed by an unelected bureaucracy. 2 Organisation and powers 25 Whether justified or not, this fear reflected an awareness of the unusual nature of institutions established by the 1957 Treaty of Rome, and which are significantly different from those adopted by any other international organisation.

The same was true of the Berlin crises of 1958–1959 and 18 History 1961, and the Cuban missiles crisis of October 1962, and it may not have been entirely an accident that the various forms of euphoria which characterised the 1960s followed the successful conclusion of the most dangerous crisis of the Cold War. The Cold War also made an economic contribution to the success of the movement towards European unification which had begun in April 1951 with the signature of the Treaty of Paris establishing the ECSC.

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