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Origins and Evolution of the European Union (2nd edn)  

Edited by:
Desmond DinanProfessor of Public Policy and Ad personam Jean Monnet Professor; Director, International Commerce and Policy Program, School of Public Policy, George Mason UniversityClose
Published in Print:20 February 2014 Published Online:September 2017
Publisher:Oxford University Press


Origins and Evolution of the European Union provides an authoritative account of the emergence and evolution of the European Union from the aftermath of World War II to the uncertainties of the present era. It explains the forces, events, and individuals that have shaped one of the most unusual and controversial political entities in history. This second edition covers key issues including the antecedents of European integration in the years before World War II; the challenges of reconstruction and reconciliation in the early post-war period; the ups and downs of European integration in 1960s and 1970s; the acceleration of European integration in the late 1980s and early 1990s; almost-continuous enlargement; the eurozone crisis; the constitutionalization of the EU; and Britain's troubled membership. The text is updated throughout and includes new chapters focusing on the United Kingdom and European integration, and the constitutionalization of the EU.


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