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The Practice of Socialist InternationalismEuropean Socialists and International Politics, 1914-1960$
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Talbot Imlay

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780199641048

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199641048.001.0001

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Constructing Europe, 1945–1960

Constructing Europe, 1945–1960

(p.309) 7 Constructing Europe, 1945–1960
The Practice of Socialist Internationalism

Talbot C. Imlay

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the contribution of European socialists to the process of European integration after 1945. European socialists exerted a steady and sometimes decisive influence on the construction of Europe. Socialist parties worked closely together on questions of European unity, making it impossible to understand the policy of one party independently of the others. The international socialist context helps to explain the decisions of the socialist-led French government in 1955–1956, which committed France to what became the Rome Treaties; and it helps to explain Labour’s growing interest in the late 1950s in a British application to join the EEC. More basically, this chapter explores how European socialists came to persuade themselves that the EEC (and especially a common market) was compatible with their goal of constructing a socialist Europe.

Keywords:   European unity, European Economic Community, Marshall Plan, European Coal and Steel Community, European Council

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