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Project Europe
A History

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  • Date Published: May 2020
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  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108494960

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  • Today it often appears as though the European Union has entered existential crisis after decades of success, condemned by its adversaries as a bureaucratic monster eroding national sovereignty: at best wasteful, at worst dangerous. How did we reach this point and how has European integration impacted on ordinary people's lives - not just in the member states, but also beyond? Did the predecessors of today's EU really create peace after World War II, as is often argued? How about its contribution to creating prosperity? What was the role of citizens in this process, and can the EU justifiably claim to be a 'community of values'? Kiran Klaus Patel's bracing look back at the myths and realities of integration challenges conventional wisdoms of Europhiles and Eurosceptics alike and shows that the future of Project Europe will depend on the lessons that Europeans derive from its past.

    • Provides an ambitious and innovative analysis of the impact of European integration on peoples' lives
    • Assesses each of the core dimensions associated with European integration on a chapter-by-chapter basis to offer fresh insights on the EU's strengths and weaknesses
    • Discusses technical issues regarding European integration in an accessible way to make the topic more appealing to a broader audience
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    ‘Confused about the EU? How it has morphed through seventy years of committees, changing names and structures, accessions of new members, successive treaties, evolving capacities, and its current existential tensions? Kiran Klaus Patel's Project Europe is the essential institutional history and user's manual for making it as clear as it can ever be.' Charles S. Maier, author of Once within Borders: Territories of Power, Wealth, and Belonging

    ‘Project Europe is a fascinating reflection on themes in the history of the European Community. It is authoritative, insightful, entertaining, thought provoking, original, and highly readable. The acuity of Patel's approach to the subject leaps out of every page.' Desmond Dinan, author of Europe Recast: A History of European Union

    ‘Patel has written an excellent critical history of European integration that looks at its subject from new angles and compels the reader to realize that the history of the EU is anything but a story of gradual institutional progress towards a politically unified continent.' Mark Gilbert, author of European Integration: A Concise History

    ‘This is a critical but sympathetic history of European integration which strips away many of the popular myths in order to appreciate the EU's real achievements and to refocus the discussion about its current crisis and future prospects.' Konrad H. Jarausch, author of Out of Ashes: A New History of Europe in the Twentieth Century

    ‘Patel's study is the most stimulating attempt to understand the development of European integration process since Alan Milward's The European Rescue of the Nation State. Each of its thematic chapters brims with ideas and insight. This is a really important book.' Piers Ludlow, author of Roy Jenkins and the European Commission Presidency, 1976-1980: At the Heart of Europe

    'A provocative and original interpretation of European integration, arguing that the EU’s institutions, norms, economic power, and importance in Europe and the world developed primarily in the 1970s and 1980s. A must read for anyone interested in the past complexities, present problems and future prospects of the European project.' Mary Nolan, author of The Transatlantic Century: Europe and America, 1890–2010

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2020
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108494960
    • length: 388 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 160 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.68kg
    • contains: 11 b/w illus. 4 maps 6 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Prologue
    1. Europe and European integration
    2. Peace and security
    3. Growth and prosperity
    4. Participation and technocracy
    5. Values and norms
    6. Superstate or tool of nations?
    7. Disintegration and dysfunctionality
    8. The community and its world
    Epilogue
    Acknowledgements
    Notes
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    Kiran Klaus Patel, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munchen
    Kiran Klaus Patel is Professor of European History at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munchen. His previous publications include The New Deal: A Global History (2016) which was co-winner of the 2017 World History Association Jerry Bentley Book Prize.

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