Synopses & Reviews
This is a pathbreaking in-depth analysis of Ireland's efforts to gain entry into the European Communities (EC) between 1958 and 1973. It draws on archives from eleven countries (Europe, North America and the South Pacific) to present a complete account of Ireland's path to Europe for the first time. The book examines Ireland's relations with the six members of the EC and the institutions of the EEC and NATO and Irish efforts to convince Western Europe that Ireland was a worthy member of the EC. Uniquely, it documents European perceptions, reactions and attitudes to Ireland's endeavors. In addition, it incorporates the British and British Commonwealth perspective.
This collection draws together a wide field of original sources from across Europe to reveal how Belgian, French, Italian, Luxembourg, Dutch, and West German politicians, policymakers and commentators perceived independent Ireland from the end of the Second World War until Irish accession to the European Economic Community (EEC) in 1973. The postwar analysis is placed in the context of older historical interactions. This collection is based on copious untapped official sources of the Six and the EEC, in addition to Irish government archives. Its contemporary relevance promises to interest many in the field of current affairs, modern Ireland and modern Europe.