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David McKay

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198280583

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198280583.001.0001

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Understanding European Union I: 1945–1982

Understanding European Union I: 1945–1982

(p.36) 3 Understanding European Union I: 1945–1982
Rush to Union

David McKay

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the events from 1945 to 1982 that may have paved the way for the establishment of the EU. After the global war in 1945 the dominant world powers, the U.S. and the Soviet Union, had developed clear policies towards Europe and European reconstruction. The first tentative move towards European cooperation came in 1949 with the creation of the Council of Europe and it was followed by the signing of the European Defence Community (EDC) in 1952. But between 1954 and 1980, a political union was absent from the agenda of European nations. And other events like the Falklands War in 1982 resulted in discord rather than harmony among the Member States of the European Community.

Keywords:   European Union, world powers, European reconstruction, Council of Europe, European Defence Community, European Community

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