Pioneers of European Integration and Peace, 1945-1963: A Brief History with Documents (Bedford Series in History & Culture)

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9780312086169: Pioneers of European Integration and Peace, 1945-1963: A Brief History with Documents (Bedford Series in History & Culture)

After the devastation of the Second World War, Western European leaders worked together to achieve what had eluded their predecessors after World War I: a lasting peace. Between 1945 and 1963, visionary men such as France's Jean Monnet and Robert Schuman, Belgium's Paul-Henri Spaak, and West Germany's Konrad Adenauer laid the foundation for the creation of the European Union. In so doing, they inaugurated what has been a sixty-year period of peace and increasing cooperation among nations that had engaged each other repeatedly in warfare. Sherrill Brown Wells's collection of primary documents takes students through the evolution of European integration in the critical early years. Her cogent introduction describes the thinking and motivations of the most influential pioneers of European integration. Document headnotes, a glossary of acronyms and key figures, a chronology, questions for consideration, and a selected bibliography offer additional pedagogical support.

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SHERRILL BROWN WELLS (Ph.D., University of London) has been a professorial lecturer in history and international affairs at the Elliott School of International Affairs of George Washington University since 1992. She was a visiting professor at l'Institut d'Etudes Politiques in Paris in 2004 and has taught history at Rutgers and North Carolina State University. As a senior historian at the Department of State from 1979-1991, she was the editor of the Department of State's American Foreign Policy: Current Documents series and a volume editor of the Foreign Relations of the United States series. She is also the author of French Industrial Policy: A History, 1945-1981.

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"One of the most concise and balanced histories of European integration I have ever read."--Desmond Dinan, George Mason University

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