This friendly, concise and up-to-date introduction to the European Union is essential reading for those new to the study of Europe. It shows students clearly why the European Union is so important for an understanding of the politics of the second half of the twentieth century. Martin Dedman:
* provides a general history of European unity and integration from 1945-1995
* provides an essential clarification of terms and definitions
* outlines the three major schools of thought regarding the causes of European integration
* considers the economic and political reasons for establishing supranational organisations
* discusses other European organisations created since 1945
* traces all the key events since 1945 including the Maastricht Treaty and the movement towards European Economic and Monetary Union.

chapter |4 pages


part |2 pages

Part II Development

chapter 6|37 pages

From the Common Market to a Single Market

The Treaties of Rome (1957) to the Treaty on European Union (1992)