Surpassing Realism: The Politics of European Integration since 1945 (Governance in Europe Series)

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A true global giant, the European Union is a unique confederation of 15 member-states whose collective economic power is second only to that of the United States. Already encompassing 375 million citizens, the EU will soon grow to include a further 10 states from Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean. To understand the future of this remarkable experiment in regional cooperation, we must first trace its past. This engaging 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 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 text, which offers a clear and readable account of the complex historical process by which Europe's unique polity has been built. 2004 update: 'A Fiasco But Not a Disaster' by Mark Gilbert, courtesy of World Policy Journal, Vol. 21 (Spring 2004) www.worldpolicy.org

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Mark F. Gilbert is associate professor of contemporary international history at the University of Trento, Italy.

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A highly readable and lucid account of the EU's institutional development from the early postwar years to the present. One of the best general histories of the EU currently available. (Michael Baun)

Mark Gilbert has written a lively and balanced book on an intricate, difficult, and often contentious subject. At a time when European integration is approaching a crucial stage, Surpassing Realism deserves the widest possible readership. (Philip M. H. Bell)

Mark Gilbert has produced a very accessible and well-written historical account of European integration. Gilbert brings people and events to life in a way that engages both the student and the specialist. This book will be a must-read for anyone interested in the history and evolution of the European Union. (Alberta M. Sbragia)

An indispensable overview....[W]ell written, well balanced, vivid and refreshingly positive, suitable for both students and specialists in European integration, a rewarding and entertaining read....Gilbert’s clearly written and wide-ranging work extends not only to political history but also to the history of institutions, economies and monetary developments. (Contemporary European History)

An indispensable overview?.[W]ell written, well balanced, vivid and refreshingly positive, suitable for both students and specialists in European integration, a rewarding and entertaining read?.Gilbert?s clearly written and wide-ranging work extends not only to political history but also to the history of institutions, economies and monetary developments.... (Contemporary European History)

An indispensable overview?. [W]ell written, well balanced, vivid and refreshingly positive, suitable for both students and specialists in European integration, a rewarding and entertaining read?. Gilbert?s clearly written and wide-ranging work extends notonly to political history but also to the history of institutions, economies and monetary developments.... (Contemporary European History)

A balanced historical account [and] a very fine piece of scholarship. It deserves to become a standard text. (Anthony O'Halloran Political Studies Review)

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Published by Rowman & Littlefield Publisher (2003)
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