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Vichy France and the Origins of the ECSC: ADGRC seminar series

Posted on 22 January 2018

After a successful first workshop, the Alcide De Gasperi Research Centre is organizing a second event as a part of its seminar series on the 12th of February 2018 on the topic of ”Forging Europe: Vichy France and the Origins of the European Coal and Steel Community”. 

Dr Luc André Brunet, lecturer at the Open University and former Max Weber Fellow (2015-2016), will be the main speaker at this event. In this seminar, Luc-Andre Brunet will explain continuities from the wartime Vichy regime in France to the creation of the European Coal and Steel Community, the forerunner to today's European Union, and what this means for current debates about Europe. Laura Lee Downs, professor at the European University Institute, will act as a discussant.

Luc Brunet earned his PhD in international history at the LSE in 2014. His thesis, ‘The New Industrial Order: Vichy, Steel, and the Origins of the Monnet Plan, 1940-1946’, explored the emergence of the Cold War in France and the continuities in industrial organization from the Vichy regime to the post-war Fourth Republic.  As a Max Weber Fellow, he extended the scope of his research to include the creation of the European Coal and Steel Community, thereby examining institutional and personal continuities from Vichy France to the first supranational institutions in Europe. This eventually led to his book on the subject.

The first seminar of this series took place on 17 November 2017, where Angela Santese, adjunct professor in the History of European Integration at the University of Bologna and recipient of a Vibeke Sørenson Grant, discussed the topic ‘Europe and the Nuclear Scare of the Eighties: The European debate on the nuclear issue and antinuclear movements’.

She said: “Presenting my new research as a part of the Alcide De Gasperi Research Centre’s Seminar Series was a great opportunity to receive feedback, comments and suggestions on a topic that I just started to deal with.”

If you would like to attend the seminar, please register in advance. 

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