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.
Keywords:constitutionalization, eurozone crisis, European Union, EU, European integration, World War II, United Kingdom, enlargement
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- Front Matter
- Introduction Desmond Dinan
- Part I Continuity and Change
- Part II The Postwar Context
- Part III Shaping the European Community
- Part IV From European Community to European Union
- Part V Abiding Issues
- Part VI Historiography
- End Matter