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Conclusions

Neil Fligstein

in Euroclash

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780199580859
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191702297 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199580859.003.0008
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This book has examined how it could be that people from around Europe have come to live in peace with each other, given their long history of war and conflict. After World War II, there were proposals in Europe geared toward controlling future conflicts; for a brief period, there was even a proposal to unite Western Europe under one state. Winston Churchill was one of its proponents. But the idea of creating a United States of Europe never got wide acceptance from Europe's citizens. Grandiose schemes of a political Europe were of less concern to citizens than the very real problem of rebuilding their lives after the war which became their top priority.

Keywords: European Union; Europe; World War II; international relations; economic integration; social integration; trade

Chapter.  6479 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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