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European Union History : Themes and Debates - Wolfram Kaiser

European Union History

Themes and Debates

By: Wolfram Kaiser (Editor), Antonio Varsori (Editor)

Paperback Published: 29th April 2010
ISBN: 9780230232709
Number Of Pages: 268

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`This extremely useful volume presents the historical development of the European Union and introduces the reader to key debates among historians on how to understand it. It will be of great use to anyone interested in European international affairs.'---Odd-Arne Westad, Professor of International History, London School of Economics, UK

`This timely book offers fascinating insights into new research trends that endeavour to link the history of European integration to broader issues of contemporary European history as well as to the interdisciplinary field of EU studies.'---Kiran Pate I, Professor at the European University Institute, Italy

`At long last, a crucial introduction to the ways we think of Europe, make sense of its integration and muse about its ramifications. Sophisticated, wide-ranging and yet accessible.'---Federico Romero, Professor of History, University of Florence, Italy

European integration has had, and is continuing to have, an enormous impact on the state of Europe: through transforming the nation-state; creating new supranational institutions and joint policy-making; integrating markets and liberalizing trade; fiscal redistribution; and through fostering the formation of transnational elite networks and growing identification with Europe. On the other hand, it has also accentuated social friction; raised concerns about the remoteness of supranational policy-making; and served as a focal point for `Eurosceptic' political mobilization. Thus, it is increasingly crucial for researchers, students and citizens to understand the complex history of the present-day European Union. This book provides them with a highly accessible state of the art introduction to how historians and social scientists have conceptualized, written about, and debated this increasingly shared contemporary history of Europe since World War II.

'This is an extremely useful volume, which not only presents the historical development of the European Union, but also introduces the reader to some of the key debates among historians on how to understand the history of European integration. It will be of great use to anyone interested in European international affairs.'

- Odd-Arne Westad, Professor of International History, London School of Economics, UK

'This is a very timely book. It offers a concise survey of European integration historiography and, even more importantly, fascinating insights into new research trends that endeavour to link the history of European integration to broader issues of contemporary European history as well as to the interdisciplinary field of EU studies.'

- Kiran Patel, Professor at the European University Institute, Italy

'At long last, a crucial introduction to the ways we think of Europe, make sense of its integration and muse about its ramifications. Sophisticated, wide-ranging and yet accessible. A most useful book that provides a rich but coherent picture - at long last - of the multiple strands of scholarly inquiry on the history of European integration.'

- Federico Romero, Professor of History, University of Florence, Italy

'A valuable work for European integration history.' - Choice

List of Abbreviationsp. vii
Acknowledgementsp. ix
Notes on Contributorsp. x
Introductionp. 1
From Normative Impetus to Professionalization: Origins and Operation of Research Networksp. 6
From Pioneer Work to Refinement: Publication Trendsp. 26
From Isolation to Centrality: Contemporary History Meets European Studiesp. 45
Between Political Commitment and Academic Research: Federalist Perspectivesp. 66
At the Heart of Integration: Understanding National European Policyp. 85
Governing Europe: Charting the Development of a Supranational Political Systemp. 109
European Rescue of the Nation-State? Tracing the Role of Economics and Businessp. 128
Formation of a European Society? Exploring Social and Cultural Dimensionsp. 150
Partners and Rivals: Assessing the American Rolep. 169
Foreign Policy beyond the Nation-State: Conceptualizing the External Dimensionp. 190
Bibliographyp. 209
Indexp. 245
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ISBN: 9780230232709
ISBN-10: 0230232701
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 268
Published: 29th April 2010
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.34 x 13.72  x 1.78
Weight (kg): 0.34
Edition Number: 1