This introductory chapter first sets out the book's central argument, that the making of the European Community (EC) is best understood as an attempt by the major west European states, and especially France and Germany, to balance against the Soviet Union and one another. It then goes on to discuss the balance of power considerations in the 1950s that led to the creation of the EC; the relevance of the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union in understanding the Community's future; fundamental debates about the determinants of interstate cooperation and the rise and fall of international institutions; and the terms and methods used in the present study. A brief overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.
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