A fully revised and updated edition of Surpassing Realism: The Politics of European Integration since 1945, this book remains the standard for concise histories of the European Union. Mark Gilbert offers a clear and balanced narrative of European integration since its inception to the present, set in the wider history of the post-war period. Imperial decline and decolonization, the threat and then fall of communism, the impact of American policy, and the democratization of the Mediterranean and central European countries are just some of the contemporaneous historical developments whose intersecting stories have been woven into this book's fabric. The European Union remains a remarkable experiment in regional cooperation, but the aura of success that has enveloped the process of integration for much of the period since the 1950s is dissipating in the wake of dire economic collapses and heated immigration debates. Gilbert concludes by examining the mood of crisis that has taken hold in the EU since 2005 and considers the Union's future.
Mark Gilbert is resident professor of international history at SAIS Europe, the Bologna Center of the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University. He is the 2018 Chair of Jury for the Cundill History Prize.
Chapter 1: Introduction Chapter 2: Enemies to Partners: The Politics of Cooperation in Western Europe 1945-1950 Chapter 3: Ever Closer Union: From the Schuman Plan to the Economic Community 1950-1958 Chapter 4: In the Shadow of the General: De Gaulle and the EEC 1958-1969 Chapter 5: Weathering the Storm: The EC during the 1970s Chapter 6: The 1992 Initiative and Relaunch of the Community Chapter 7: The Maastricht Compromise Chapter 8: EUphoria? Chapter 9: Toward a Twin-Track Europe?