By Philip Thody
An old advent to the ecu Union is a chronological political background of ecu integration from the Fifties to the current. it is also a contextualising survey of wider eu heritage because the 1600s, and locations unification opposed to a history of global politics. This in actual fact written creation to the fundamental background, economics and politics of the eu Union assumes no past wisdom. It deals a close account of the Union with sections on: * how the Union works * easy rules of the Union * arguments over contested practices, together with agriculture * problems with the chilly struggle, growth, and the function of the U.S. * language * unmarried ecu foreign money With an annotated bibliography, chronology and consultant to the associations of the ecu Union, An ancient creation to the ecu Union comprises the newest study and designated remedy of the rules of the eu Union.
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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.
A third, which remains linked to the hostility towards continental Europeans inspiring movements such as Sir James Goldsmith’s Referendum Party and books like Bernard Connolly’s The Rotten Heart of Europe (1995),1 was the fear of a loss of national independence, linked with the view that any unified Europe to emerge from the process begun by the Treaty of Paris would be one governed by an unelected bureaucracy. 2 Organisation and powers 25 Whether justified or not, this fear reflected an awareness of the unusual nature of institutions established by the 1957 Treaty of Rome, and which are significantly different from those adopted by any other international organisation.
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. Like Philip II, he had also looked to the English like a man bent on dominating Western Europe from a military as well as an ideological point of view, and the dictatorship which Napoleon I established in 1799 seemed to the English—and, perhaps, to others—to be pursuing precisely the same objective.
An Historical Introduction to the European Union by Philip Thody