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The Foundations of Europe

European Integration Ideas in France, Germany and Britain in the 1950s

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-14
  2. Pages 15-36
  3. Pages 37-133
  4. Pages 134-225
  5. Pages 226-324
  6. Pages 325-347
  7. Pages 348-356

About this book

Introduction

Thomas Hörber analyses the building process of European integration. He shows the parliamentary discourses of France, Germany and Britain to be representative of the national position of these states towards the developing concept of 'Europe'. He covers all key events and developments of the time which had an impact on the European integration process and provides an explanation for the convergence of national discourses towards a common Europe. This development was by no means a given and the analysis of parliamentary debates shows for the first time how vigorous the debates were on European integration in the 1950s, and how, despite setbacks (notably the failure of the European Defence Community), the discussion went in favour of integration.

Keywords

EG European Integration European integration process Europäische Integration Friedensprozess, europäischer NATO Parlamentsakten

About the authors

Dr. Thomas Hörber is Lecturer in History and Political Science at the University of Victoria, Canada.

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"[...] die durch diese Studie erstmalig erfolgte umfassende Analyse der damaligen Parlamentsdebatten [ist] auch über den reinen historischen Erkenntnisgewinn lohnend - führt sie uns doch klar vor Augen, dass europäische Integration stets mehr als nur eine Reihe von nicht-öffentlichen Regierungs- und Ministerialverhandlungen sein kann und muss." www.vorwaerts.de, 05.06.2007