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Enlarging the European Union

The Commission Seeking Influence, 1961–1973


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Michael J. Geary
    Pages 1-14
  3. Michael J. Geary
    Pages 43-61
  4. Michael J. Geary
    Pages 62-86
  5. Michael J. Geary
    Pages 87-104
  6. Michael J. Geary
    Pages 105-132
  7. Michael J. Geary
    Pages 133-158
  8. Michael J. Geary
    Pages 159-180
  9. Michael J. Geary
    Pages 181-186
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 187-257

About this book


The book presents a new history of the first enlargement of the EU. It charts the attempts by the European Commission to influence the outcome of the British and Irish bids to join the Common Market during the 1960s and 1970s. The most politically divisive EU enlargement is examined through extensive research in British, Irish, EU, and US archives.


The European Union European Studies Contemporary European History European Politics Transatlantic Relations Political Science EU Politics Britain empire EU Enlargement Europe European Commission European Union European Union (EU) history

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Maastricht UniversityThe Netherlands

About the authors

Michael J. Geary is a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C., USA, and Assistant Professor at Maastricht University, The Netherlands. He has previously held a Fulbright-Schuman Fellowship at the Catholic University of America (D.C.), and a European Parliament-Geremek Research Fellowship at the College of Europe (Warsaw). He holds a Ph.D. from the European University Institute, Florence, Italy.

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