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Negotiating French wine and European identities at the European Community

Chen, Maria X. (2020) Negotiating French wine and European identities at the European Community. Contemporary European History, 29 (4). 451 - 472. ISSN 0960-7773

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Identification Number: 10.1017/S0960777320000405


This article examines the French role in creating an integrated wine policy at the European level and demonstrates that political negotiations over the policy revealed competing European conceptions of agriculture and identity. Drawing on research in EEC and French historical archives, this article argues that in spite of the risks involved in relinquishing sovereignty over a key national industry with deep cultural resonance, the French government was determined to transfer responsibility for much of the sector to the European Community due to continued domestic pressure. Further, it suggests that common values around the centrality of agriculture in the European project meant that countries were persistent in realising a wine policy even though wine was not a natural fit in the pantheon of other goods for which common markets were created.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © The 2020 Author(s)
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D901 Europe (General)
Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2022 11:54
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 03:46

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