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Europe: Dream-Adventure-Reality - Documentary Reference Collections (Hardback)
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Europe: Dream-Adventure-Reality - Documentary Reference Collections (Hardback)

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Hardback 256 Pages / Published: 10/09/1987
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On March 25, 1957, the Treaty of Rome that founded the European Economic Community was signed by the Federal Republic of Germany, Belguim, France, Italy, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands. It had as its goal the establishment of a customs union, by achieving free circulation of goods, consumer access to the best products, and priority to community goods. The dream of the original signatories, joined by Great Britain, Ireland, Denmark, Greece, Spain, and Portugal, has been an adventure, littered with obstacles and crossed by disappointment and hope, for Western Europe. Despite the difficulties encountered, the EEC has become a reality. It is a reality capable of improvement, but it is, nevertheless, a source of new adventures and a bearer of dreams for today's young Europeans. These three leitmotifs--dream, adventure, reality--are appropriately part of the title of this commemorative album published for the thirtieth anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome.

Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 9780313259548
Number of pages: 256


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"This handsome volume richly illustrated with pertinent art reproductions and historical photos, many in color, looks almost like a coffee-table book. Some of its contents resemble official histories of companies proud of their achievements. Despite these superificial impressions, this is a collection of scholarly essays, many equipped with multilingual bibliographies, mostly by well-known European personalities who have themselves played a leading role in building modern Western Europe. Although there is some stocktaking, this is not a critical history. The emphasis is on the positive and the authors are obviously proud of their achievements, but they avoid exaggeration of self-congradulation. The introductory historical essays, stretching from the Roman days to 1945, are masterful pieces of conciseness and clarity. The essays that follow, probably the most interesting to the specialist, discuss the difficult period of the late 1940s and 1950s when the European Community was being forged and success was not assured. The last two parts portray the realities--political, economical, and social--of integrated Europe, its relations with the outside world, and the outlook for the future. Biographical data and a chronology of the European integration process. Recommended for all college and public libraries."-Choice
?This handsome volume richly illustrated with pertinent art reproductions and historical photos, many in color, looks almost like a coffee-table book. Some of its contents resemble official histories of companies proud of their achievements. Despite these superificial impressions, this is a collection of scholarly essays, many equipped with multilingual bibliographies, mostly by well-known European personalities who have themselves played a leading role in building modern Western Europe. Although there is some stocktaking, this is not a critical history. The emphasis is on the positive and the authors are obviously proud of their achievements, but they avoid exaggeration of self-congradulation. The introductory historical essays, stretching from the Roman days to 1945, are masterful pieces of conciseness and clarity. The essays that follow, probably the most interesting to the specialist, discuss the difficult period of the late 1940s and 1950s when the European Community was being forged and success was not assured. The last two parts portray the realities--political, economical, and social--of integrated Europe, its relations with the outside world, and the outlook for the future. Biographical data and a chronology of the European integration process. Recommended for all college and public libraries.?-Choice

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