Controversy surrounds the construction of postwar European institutions. Did West European states simply respond to American pressure and Cold-War politics?
Author: Anne Deighton
Controversy surrounds the construction of postwar European institutions. Did West European states simply respond to American pressure and Cold-War politics? How important was federalist idealism, as opposed to economic and power political factors to decision-makers? These studies, by an international team of historians, examine the motivations of national political leaders and their officials. Topics covered include British and French officials, European integration and military policies; German, Italian, Belgian and Dutch attitudes; Britain and the first attempt to join the EEC; and the covert relationship between the USA and the European federalists.
In 1961 Prime Minister Harold Macmillan finally decided to apply for membership of the European Communities - a ' grim choice ' , he said . ... Building Postwar Europe , 1948–1963 ( London : Macmillan , 1995 ) , 107–26 .
Author: Jan-Werner Müller
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
This book is the first to examine the connection between memory and politics directly.
Building Postwar Europe: National Decision-Makers and European Institutions, 1948–1963, London, Macmillan, 1995 W. Diebold Jr., The Schuman Plan: A Study in Economic Cooperation, 1950–1959, F.A. Praeger, New York, 1959 Thomas Diez, ...
Author: Thomas C. Hoerber
Publisher: Lexington Books
Category: Political Science
This book provides a comprehensive analysis of the foundations of the European integration process through the lenses of the three major European powers: France, Germany, and Britain. It shows the predicaments, but also the potential the European integration process has for the future against the background of its foundation history.
This difference questions the self-evidence of Europe's status quo today, encouraging us to imagine new modes of artistic ... Paul B. Jaskot, The Architecture of Oppression: The SS, Forced Labor and the Nazi Monumental Building Economy, ...
Author: Barbara Lange
Publisher: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht
The book “Rethinking Postwar Europe” offers an in-depth insight into the largely unexplored topic of artistic practices in the 1940s and 1950s in Europe which until recently had been obscured by ideologies of the Cold War. Thanks to the authors’ diverse methodological backgrounds, the volume presents – for the first time – a comprehensive multilayered narrative, focusing on the complexities and entanglements in the artistic field. Instead of assessing the postwar period in the traditional way as divided by the Iron Curtain, the contributions investigate processes of contact, interaction, dissemination, overlapping, and networking. Consequently, the analysis of a diversified European modernism in both its aesthetic and its socio-political dimension resonates with all the different case studies. In particular, the volume looks at how artists developed, designed and (re)negotiated identities and discourses, and sheds new light on the power of art – and creative powers in general – in a postwar setting of mutilations, losses, and devastations.
Examining how social change is closely intertwined with transformations of the built environment, this volume focuses on the relationship between architecture and state politics in postwar Central Europe using examples from Hungary and ...
Author: Virag Molnar
The built environment of former socialist countries is often deemed uniform and drab, an apt reflection of a repressive regime. Building the State peeks behind the grey façade to reveal a colourful struggle over competing meanings of the nation, Europe, modernity and the past in a divided continent. Examining how social change is closely intertwined with transformations of the built environment, this volume focuses on the relationship between architecture and state politics in postwar Central Europe using examples from Hungary and Germany. Built around four case studies, the book traces how architecture was politically mobilized in the service of social change, first in socialist modernization programs and then in the postsocialist transition. Building the State does not only offer a comprehensive survey of the diverse political uses of architecture in postwar Central Europe but is the first book to explore how transformations of the built environment can offer a lens into broader processes of state formation and social change.
The European Renaissance since 1945. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1970. Davis, J. People of the Mediterranean: An Essay in Comparative Social Anthropology. London: Routledge & K. Paul, 1977. Deighton, Anne. Building Postwar ...
Author: Tony Judt
Publisher: Random House
FINALIST FOR THE PULITZER AWARD A magisterial and acclaimed history of post-war Europe, from Germany to Poland, from Western Europe to Eastern Europe, selected as one of New York Times Ten Best Books of the Year Europe in 1945 was drained. Much of the continent was devastated by war, mass slaughter, bombing and chaos. Large areas of Eastern Europe were falling under Soviet control, exchanging one despotism for another. Today, the Soviet Union is no more and the democracies of the European Union reach as far as the borders of Russia itself. Postwar tells the rich and complex story of how we got from there to here, demystifying Europe's recent history and identity, of what the continent is and has been. ‘It is hard to imagine how a better - and more readable - history of the emergence of today's Europe from the ashes of 1945 could ever be written...All in all, a real masterpiece’ Ian Kershaw, author of Hitler
See also M. Miller, 'The Approaches to European Institution-Building of Carlo Sforza, Italian Foreign Minister, 1947–51', in A. Deighton (ed.), Building Postwar Europe: National Decision-Makers and European Institutions, ...
Author: Mark Hewitson
Publisher: Berghahn Books
The period between 1917 and 1957, starting with the birth of the USSR and the American intervention in the First World War and ending with the Treaty of Rome, is of the utmost importance for contextualizing and understanding the intellectual origins of the European Community. During this time of 'crisis,' many contemporaries, especially intellectuals, felt they faced a momentous decision which could bring about a radically different future. The understanding of what Europe was and what it should be was questioned in a profound way, forcing Europeans to react. The idea of a specifically European unity finally became, at least for some, a feasible project, not only to avoid another war but to avoid the destruction of the idea of European unity. This volume reassesses the relationship between ideas of Europe and the European project and reconsiders the impact of long and short-term political transformations on assumptions about the continent's scope, nature, role and significance.
Gérard Bossuat, “The French Administrative Elite and the Unification of Western Europe, 1947-58', in: Anne Deighton (ed.), Building Postwar Europe – National Decision-Makers and European Institutions, 1948–63, Macmillan, London, ...
Author: Thomas Hörber
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
Category: Political Science
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.
The Enlargement Negotiations and Crises in European, Atlantic and Commonwealth Relations George Wilkes. R. Butt, “The Common Market and Conservative ... A. Deighton and N.P. Ludlow, in A. Deighton, Building Postwar Europe, p. 108 ff.
Author: George Wilkes
The essays collected here outline a number of factors which made the EC too young to be able to assimilate Britain's important interests, and the British over-optimistic in their approach to negotiations with the Community. The role of conflict over Western strategy and European political union in the breakdown of the negotiations is re-assessed, and the negotiations over agriculture and the Commonwealth are revealed in an entirely new light.