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The Europe illusion : Britain, France, Germany and the long history of European integration

Author: Stuart Sweeney
Publisher: London : Reaktion Books, 2019.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In The Europe Illusion, Stuart Sweeney considers Britain’s relationships with France and Prussia-Germany since the map of Europe was redrawn at Westphalia in 1648. A timely and far-sighted study, it argues that integration in Europe has evolved through diplomatic, economic and cultural links cemented between these three states, and that – as wars became increasingly destructive and economic expectations were  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stuart Sweeney
ISBN: 1789140609 9781789140606
OCLC Number: 1041802328
Description: 384 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: Brexit, Populist Aberration or Slow Burn Revolt? --
From Holy Roman Empire to German Empire: Wars, Politics and Diplomacy, 1648-1864 --
From Bismarck to Brexit: Wars, Politics and Diplomacy, 1864-2018 --
Cameralism to Cobden-Chevalier: Economics of European Integration, 1648-1871 --
Bismarck's Gold Standard to EMU: Economics of European Integration, 1871-2018 --
From Empire Plantations to Boers and Boxers: Empires, Migrations and Europe, 1648-1904 --
From Entente to Enlargement: Empires, Migrations and Europe, 1902-2018 --
Religion and the 'Other' in Europe, 1648-2018 --
Conclusion.
Responsibility: Stuart Sweeney.

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"In The Europe Illusion, Stuart Sweeney considers Britain’s relationships with France and Prussia-Germany since the map of Europe was redrawn at Westphalia in 1648. A timely and far-sighted study, it argues that integration in Europe has evolved through diplomatic, economic and cultural links cemented between these three states, and that – as wars became increasingly destructive and economic expectations were elevated – states struggled to survive alone. Yet it has been rare for all three to be friends at the same time.While common trends can be seen within the European states, there is an illusion of unity, since cultural particularisms have always tempered full integration. In this broader context, setbacks like Brexit can be seen as predictable and manageable. After all, the federal project has a strong pedigree, with roots in the Holy Roman Empire, and the EU remains a formidable institution of twenty-seven states. While Britain is left to forge a role outside the EU, Sweeney identifies a familiar semi-detachment, highlighting pragmatism and historical constancy at the heart of Europe." --

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