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Europe United: Power Politics and the Making of the European Community

Sebastian Rosato


The construction of the European Community (EC) has widely been understood as the product of either economic self-interest or dissatisfaction with the nation-state system. This book challenges these conventional explanations, arguing that the Community came into being because of balance of power concerns. France and the Federal Republic of Germany established the EC at the height of the Cold War as a means to balance against the Soviet Union and one another. More generally, the book argues that international institutions, whether military or economic, largely reflect the balance of power. In t ... More

Keywords: European Community, EC, France, Federal Republic of Germany, Cold War, Soviet Union, balance of power, world power, economic community, political integration

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780801449352
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801449352.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sebastian Rosato, author
Associate Professor of Political Science, the University of Notre Dame

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