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Grand Designs and Visions of Unity: The Atlantic Powers and the Reorganization of Western Europe, 1955-1963 (New Cold War History)

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In the late 1950s, against the unfolding backdrop of the Cold War, American and European leaders began working to reshape Western Europe. They sought to adapt the region to a changing world in which European empires were rapidly disintegrating, Soviet influence was spreading, and the United States could no longer shoulder the entire political and economic burden of the West yet hesitated to share it with Europe. Focusing on the four largest Atlantic powers--Britain, France, Germany, and the United States--Jeffrey Giauque explores these early stages of European integration.

Giauque uses evidence from newly opened international archives to show how a mix of cooperation and collaboration shaped efforts to unify postwar Europe. He examines the "grand designs" each country developed to advance its own interests, specific plans for collaboration or accord, and the reactions of the other Atlantic powers to these proposals. Competing national interests not only derailed many otherwise sound plans for European unity, Giauque says, but also influenced such nascent European institutions as the Common Market, the antecedent of today's European Union. Indeed, beyond examining the origins of the European community, this comparative study provides insight into national attitudes and aspirations that continue to shape European and American policies today.

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Giauque studies the roles of France, Britain, Germany, and the United States in the formation and development of the European Economic Community, arguing that a mix of cooperation and competition existed between the four countries that ultimately determined which proposals for unity succeeded and which failed.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807853443
Author:
Giauque, Jeffrey Glen
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
Location:
Chapel Hill
Subject:
History
Subject:
United states
Subject:
International Relations
Subject:
Europe
Subject:
National security
Subject:
International Relations - General
Subject:
World - General
Subject:
Western Europe - General
Subject:
Europe - Western
Subject:
World
Subject:
North atlantic treaty organization
Subject:
European economic community
Subject:
Politics-United States Foreign Policy
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
New Cold War History (Paperback)
Series Volume:
106-857
Publication Date:
20020331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
344
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Politics » United States » Foreign Policy
History and Social Science » Politics » United States » Politics
History and Social Science » Western Civilization » 20th Century
History and Social Science » World History » European History General
History and Social Science » World History » General

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"Synopsis" by , Giauque studies the roles of France, Britain, Germany, and the United States in the formation and development of the European Economic Community, arguing that a mix of cooperation and competition existed between the four countries that ultimately determined which proposals for unity succeeded and which failed.
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