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History of European Integration

Research Seminar

Organised by Prof Federico Romero, Dr Benedetto Zaccaria (Research Assistant) and Dr Emmanuel Mourlon Druol (Jean Monnet Fellow)
Registration code: HEC-RS-EUINT-1
Thursdays, 17:10 - 19:00, Sala del Torrino - except on 1 February: Sala degli Stemmi and on 8 February: Sala del Camino
Starts on 11 January 2018

Admin. Assistant: Serena Belligoli


Seminar description

This research seminar explores the historiography on European integration and related areas of European cooperation in the postwar period. We will first review the main interpretations and methodological approaches with the aim of familiarizing researchers with the field’s varieties of focus, methods, and analytical scope. The seminar will then concentrate on the thematic areas and international policy issues that most affected European integration from the 1970s to the 1990s, reviewing the debates that reshaped integrative trends in the late 20th century.



Background Texts

  • Mark Gilbert, European Integration: A Concise History. (Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2012)
  • Wilfried Loth, Building Europe: A History of European Unification (Berlin: De Gruyter Oldenbourg, 2015).
  • Wolfram Kaiser and Antonio Varsori (eds.), European Union History: Themes and Debates (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010).

11 January: European integration between history and theory

  • W. Loth, “Explaining European Integration. The Contribution from Historians.” Journal of European Integration History 14, no. 1, 2008, pp. 8–26.
  • L. Warlouzet, “Dépasser la crise de l’histoire de l’intégration européenne”, in Politique européenne, 2, n° 44, 2014, pp. 98-122.
  • N. P. Ludlow, “The history of the EC and the Cold War: Influenced and influential, but rarely centre stage”, unpublished essay for a forthcoming book.

18 January: The making of the EEC: The policies

  • A.C. L. Knudsen, “Ideas, welfare and values: The framing of the Common Agricultural Policy in the 1960”, in Kiran K. Patel (ed.), Fertile Ground for Europe: The History of European integration Policy since 1945 (Baden Baden: Nomos, 2009), pp. 61-78.
  • L. Coppolaro, “The establishment of the EEC as an international actor: the development of the common commercial policy in the GATT negotiations of the Kennedy Round (1962-1967), in Fernando Guirao, Frances M.B. Lynch and Sigfrido M. Ramírez Pérez (eds.), Alan S. Milward and a Century of European Change (London, New York: Routledge, 2012), pp. 459-480.
  • A. Varsori and L. Mechi, “At the origins of the European structural policy: the Community’s social and regional policies from the late 1960s to the mid-1970s”, in Jan Van der Harst (ed.), Beyond the Customs Union: the European Community’s Quest for Deepening, Widening and Completion, 1969-1975 (Bruxelles: Bruylant, 2007).

25 January: The EEC: evolution of European governance

  • N. P. Ludlow,The European Community and the Crises of the 1960s: Negotiating the Gaullist Challenge. London-New York: Routledge, 2006. Introduction and Conclusion.
  • E. Mourlon-Druol, “Steering Europe: explaining the rise of the European Council, 1975-1986”, Contemporary European History, 25, 3, 2016, pp. 409-437.
  • M. Rasmussen, B.Davies, “From International Law to a European Rechtsgemeinschaft: Towards a New History of European Law, 1950-1979”, in J. Laursen (ed.), Institutions and Dynamics of the European Community, 1973-83 (Baden Baden: Nomos, 2014). pp. 97-130.

1 February: The EEC: the international dimension (Sala degli Stemmi)

  • G. Garavini, After Empires: European Integration, Decolonisation, and the Challenge from the Global South 1957-1986 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012), Chapter 4.
  • N. P. Ludlow, “The Real Years of Europe? U.S.-West European Relations during the Ford Administration”, Journal of Cold War Studies, Vol. 15, No. 3, 2013, pp. 136-161.
  • E. Mourlon-Druol, “Managing from the top: globalisation and the rise of summitry, mid-1970s/early 1980s”, Diplomacy and Statecraft, 23(4), 2012, pp. 679-703.

8 February: European integration, Cold War and détente (Sala del Camino)

  • N. P. Ludlow, “An insulated Community? The Community Institutions and the Cold War, 1965-1970”, European integration and the Cold War: Ostpolitik-Westpolitik, 1965-1973 (London: Routledge, 2007), Chapter 8.
  • A. Romano, The EC and the Socialist World: The Ascent of a Key Player in Cold War Europe, unpublished essay for a forthcoming book
  • D. Mockli, European Foreign Policy during the Cold War: Heath, Brandt, Pompidou and the Short Dream of Political Unity (New York: I.B. Tauris, 2009), Chapter 5.

15 February: Transitions in Southern Europe and the EEC enlargement

C. Tsakas opens on “Business history insights on enlargement”.

  • E. Karamouzi, “Enlargement as Foreign Policy: The Quest for Security?”, unpublished essay for a forthcoming book.
  • B. Zaccaria, “Assessing Yugoslavia’s Place in Western European Stabilisation Policies in Southern Europe, 1974-1976”, Journal of European Integration History 22, no. 1, 2016, pp. 67-83.

22 February: Citizenship and democratic identity

  • E. De Angelis and E. Karamouzi. “Enlargement and the Historical Origins of the European Community’s Democratic Identity, 1961–1978.” Contemporary European History 25, no. 3, 2016, pp. 439–58.
  • S. Pukallus, Representations of European Citizenship since 1951 (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), Chapter 2.
  • U. Tulli, “Electing the European Parliament: Some Historiographical Notes”, The International History Review, Vol. 38, No. 1, 2016, pp. 214-228.

1 March: European Monetary Cooperation and Integration

  • E. Mourlon-Druol, A Europe Made of Money: The Emergence of the European Monetary System. Ithaca, N.Y: Cornell University Press, 2012, Introduction and Conclusions.
  • K.H.F. Dyson and K. Featherstone, The Road to Maastricht: negotiating Economic and Monetary Union (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999), pp. 691-745.
  • Harold James, “Designing a Central Bank in the Run-Up to Maastricht”, Journal of European Integration History 19, no.1 (2013), pp. 105-122.

15 March: On the way to Maastricht

  • Piers Ludlow, “European integration in the 1980s: on the Way to Maastricht?”, Journal of European Integration History 19, no.1 (2013), pp. 11-22.
  • Michelle Egan, “Single Market”, in The Oxford Handbook of the European Union, Edited by Erik Jones, Anand Menon, and Stephen Weatherill(Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012).
  • Neil Rollings, British Business in the Formative Years of European Integration, 1945-1973 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007), Introduction.

22 March: The post-Cold War Era       

  • M.E. Sarotte, 1989: the struggle to create post-Cold War Europe, Princeton University Press, Princeton, N.J., 2009, Introduction and conclusions.
  • J. Howorth, “The EU, NATO and the origins of CFSP and ESDP: old thinking, false starts and new imperatives”, in F. Bozo, M-P- Rey, N. P. Ludlow and L. Nuti (eds.), Europe and the End of the Cold War. A reappraisal (London and New York: Routledge, 2008), pp. 259-270.
  • F. Romero and N. P. Ludlow, “The European Commission and the World”, unpublished essay for a forthcoming book.



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