An Historical Introduction to the European Union, Edition: by Philip Thody

By Philip Thody

An historic advent to the eu Union is a chronological political historical past of ecu integration from the Nineteen Fifties to the current. it's also a contextualising survey of wider ecu heritage because the 1600s, and locations unification opposed to a historical past of global politics. This essentially written creation to the basic background, economics and politics of the eu Union assumes no earlier wisdom. It bargains an in depth account of the Union with sections on: * how the Union works * uncomplicated rules of the Union * arguments over contested practices, together with agriculture * problems with the chilly battle, expansion, and the position of the us * language * unmarried eu forex With an annotated bibliography, chronology and consultant to the associations of the eu Union, An ancient advent to the eu Union comprises the latest study and distinct therapy of the guidelines of the ecu Union.

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The treaty establishing the European Economic Community (EEC), and the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom) was signed in Rome on 25 March 1955, with the principal aim of the larger of these two organisations being well defined by the three words in its title. It was European, in that it set out to deepen and develop the achievements of the ECSC, and separated itself economically from the rest of the world by a Common External Tariff. All goods, from whatever source, paid the same rate of duty, whatever the country from which they originated, or into which they first entered.

From 1951 to 1957, the six states which had signed the 1951 Treaty of Paris were learning to co-operate on economic matters, and the signature of the Treaty of Rome in 1957 showed how well they had succeeded. In retrospect, it now seems fortunate that the project to establish a European Defence Community came to nothing. Its failure made the Europeans realise how important it was to maintain progress on the economic front, and it could be argued that traditional alliances of the type represented by NATO offer a better way of defending oneself than an army in which units from different nations are merged together.

In their view, each of the régimes against which British armed forces had intervened on the Continent was characterised by a peculiarly unpleasant way of treating its own subjects and of behaving towards its neighbours. For the English, the Spain of Philip II was a proselytising, Catholic power which had expelled its own Jewish population in 1492 and seemed bent on persecuting heretics wherever they could be found. In what English historians themselves call the Whig theory of history, Louis XIV had shown a similar indifference to the rights of minorities and to the idea of religious freedom when he had decided, in 1685, to expel a million or so Protestants from France.

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