Translated and summarized by the author “In 1962 I had a phone call which began: 'This is Jean Monnet—M, O, two Ns, E, T.' It was from Jean Monnet who wanted help in writing his memoirs, he said. Two American friends—Shepard Stone of ...
Author: Clifford P. Hackett
Publisher: Peter Lang
Who Wrote the Memoirs of Jean Monnet? presents the only account of the thirty years spent by Jean Monnet, the "Father of Europe," creating his memoirs. Based on numerous interviews with Monnet’s collaborator, Francois Fontaine, and many others, the book reveals the concepts, delays, frustrations, and successes of an historic collaboration. This significant contribution provides a fresh viewpoint into both European Union history and biographical writing.
George Ball, The Past Has Another Pattern: Memoirs (New York, 1982); Papiers Jean Monnet, Dossier G. W. Ball, ... Monnet wrote in his Memoirs that he informed Pleven that “we must resolutely oppose America's present policy', p. 345.
Jean Monnet's memoirs cover a breath-taking sweep of time which witnessed some of history's greatest upheavals - through two World Wars and formidable economic hardship to slow, painstaking recovery and the founding of a new and necessary ...
Author: Jean Monnet
Publisher: Third Millennium Information
Jean Monnet's memoirs cover a breath-taking sweep of time which witnessed some of history's greatest upheavals - through two World Wars and formidable economic hardship to slow, painstaking recovery and the founding of a new and necessary political unity among states which had been enemies for centuries. Monnet was at the vanguard of those European thinkers who identified Franco-German cooperation as the foundation of a peaceful and prosperous Europe, and his writings provide a compelling account of the birth pangs of the new Europe from within.
But lest l go beyond the time allotted for this lecture, l prefer to refer you to his memoirs and to an excellent brief essay written by Jacques van Helmont entitled 'Jean Monnet comme il etait'.1 Allow me, nevertheless, one observation ...
The fact was, Monnet's war-time generation was retiring from the scene. ... By 1975, he was in his eighty-seventh year. ... He even asked why one could not write “memoirs of the future”.1842 Matters were particularly held up by his ...
Author: François Duchêne
Publisher: Plunkett Lake Press
Category: Biography & Autobiography
“A brilliant biography of one of the pivotal and least likely creators of a new European world. Monnet’s career in international affairs began with his place on an Anglo-French supply mission to the United States in World War I, flourished in World War II, and had its lasting impact with the postwar Monnet plan for economic renewal in France and his push for Franco-German reconciliation through the Schuman Plan. Monnet had the most extraordinary links to people in power, especially in the United States. Self-effacing, operating usually without formal office and always without direct political ambition, he could effectively mobilize his connections to promote common institutions for a new ‘civilianized’ Europe. Duchêne, who worked with Monnet for ten years, has done vast archival research and illuminates Monnet’s career in its full historical context. More, he offers a comprehensive analysis of Monnet’s basic premises, aims, and inspired, dogged ways of pursuing and often achieving his goals. Duchêne is a splendid analyst and stylist with a gift for the elegant and incisive phrase. The book is long, but so was Monnet’s life. A great achievement.” — Fritz Stern, Foreign Affairs “[This] intelligently sympathetic but in no sense uncritical biography... shows how [Jean Monnet (1888-1979)] this conspirator in the public interest worked with and through others to create institutions from which European unity could grow.” — Jack Hayward, The New York Times “[A] first-rate biography of Monnet by a close collaborator-disciple.” — Max Beloff, The National Interest “In this absorbing, dramatic biography, Duchêne, an Economist correspondent and former aide to Monnet, closely reassesses the achievements of an ‘entrepreneur in the public interest.’ This long overdue biography brings him out of the shadows.” — Publishers Weekly “[T]he best available biography of the founder of modern European integration.” — George Ross, French Politics and Society “Duchêne, who worked with Monnet for the best part of a turbulent decade, provides a fascinating insight into [Monnet] the man, his working methods and the forces that drove him from one challenge to another. This highly-entertaining account of the [European] Union’s formative years is not only accessible to the general reader, but may also offer some much needed inspiration for the current generation of policy-makers.” — Politico “This wise, original and timely book should be read and pondered — not only by anyone interested in Jean Monnet, but also by everyone concerned with the European Union today. Based on personal knowledge, deep reflection and diligent research, it paints an honest, warts-and-all portrait of a quite extraordinary man.” — Richard Mayne, The World Today “[T]his excellent biography provides... an authoritative assessment of Monnet’s role at the centre of many great events, which all future historians will have to take into account.” — Roger Morgan, International Affairs “Duchêne, Monnet’s aide and a correspondent for The Economist, here sets out to chart the remarkable, if somewhat obscure, life of the architect of the European Community and also — a lesser-known fact — of America’s wartime munitions effort... Men like Monnet, according to Duchêne, were able to create the EEC because they were not politicians but enlightened technocrats — a breed with a bad name these days. As this book makes clear, however, technocrats can be a saving grace in periods of turmoil. This is not a very personal book... But it does reveal a complete and satisfying picture of a complex age of transition for Western Europe.” — Kirkus “[U]n travail sérieux et particulièrement honnête... Le mystère de [Jean Monnet] méritera encore de nombreuses recherches mais notre connaissance a progressé grâce à ce livre.” — Philippe Mioche, Politique étrangère
112 Once the League secretariat had been chosen in the summer of 1919 , Monnet and the others could only stand back and see what disasters awaited them . By the time he wrote his memoirs , the tragic relationship between Versailles and ...
Author: Frederic J. Fransen
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Examines the development of Jean Monnet's political thought from World War I to the 1960s through his work with a series of international political problems and institutions.
Monnet did not keep a journal or diary – an omission he regretted as an octogenarian when he began to write his memoirs – but he was a devoted writer of letters and notes. Although I have been granted access to a wide selection of ...
Author: Trygve Ugland
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
Category: Biography & Autobiography
"Jean Monnet (1888-1979) is often viewed as the chief architect of the European Coal and Steel Community, which over time evolved into today's European Union. Monnet spent his early years working as an agent for his father, a cognac producer. It was this experience that took him to Scandinavia, England, the United States, and most importantly Canada, where he was exposed to the country's unique form of federalism. Drawing on a wide variety of empirical sources, including unpublished documents, correspondence, and original historical data extracted from archives both in Canada and Europe, Trygve Ugland's Jean Monnet and Canada argues that the extensive period of time Monnet spent in Canada between 1907 and 1914 had a formative influence on the achievements of his later years, particularly on the institutional 'construction of Europe.'"--Publisher description.
24 In his memoirs, Jean Monnet wrote that the EDC “quarrel” had been a “harrowing split” (déchirement) for France.25 But France, in a sense, was the least of the problems. Germany was left, four years on from the Pleven Plan, ...
Author: Mark Gilbert
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Category: Political Science
A second edition of this book is now available. This accessible text provides a concise political history of European integration from the end of World War II to the present. The "European project" raises fascinating and important questions: How did Europe's states overcome their traditional rivalries and quarrels to build supranational institutions? What were the economic and geopolitical forces that drove them? Which individual statesmen contributed most to defining the European project? What are the issues that confronted the EU in the last decade and what problems will the EU face as its leaders consider even more advanced forms of political integration? All these questions are addressed by this engaging text, which offers a clear and readable account of the complex historical process by which Europe's unique polity has been built.
See Jean Monnet, Memoirs, Collins, 1978; and François Duchêne, Jean Monnet: the First Statesman of Interdependence, ... Despite Prime Minister Churchill's well-known proEuropean rhetoric, it made no discernible difference to attitudes ...
Author: Stanley Henig
The Uniting of Europe provides an accessible introduction to the history of European integration and places European unification within a wider political and economic context The book shows how institutional developments have been conditioned by wider international considerations. The Uniting of Europe considers: * the impact of the Cold War and the superpowers on Europe * Britain's decision to join the Community * the consequences of German reunification * the problem of nationalism in Eastern Europe * key personalities, parties, regimes and political systems. This Second edition brings the history of the European Union up to date to include the Amsterdam and Nice treaties, as well as other contemporary issues such as the impact of events in Yugoslavia, the changing relationship with the US and British membership of the single currency.
2 and during 1916 Clémentel's representative in London, Jean Monnet, pressed the case for joint purchasing agencies. ... Jean Monnet, then a civil servant only 28 years old, wrote in his memoirs that 29 November 1916, the date of the ...
Author: P. M. H. Bell
The first of a two volume study, which will analyse the complex relationship between Britain and France in the twentieth century: a relationship which has been crucial to European politics and to both World Wars.This volume (fully self-contained) runs from the period of intense imperial rivalry at the turn of the century to the Fall of France. Philip Bell discusses diplomatic, economic and military policy, combining absorbing narrative with revealing commentary about the two countries.