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Postscript: the intellectual origins of European integration

Morrison, James ORCID: 0000-0001-7188-4374 and Cardoso, José Luís (2020) Postscript: the intellectual origins of European integration. In: Mendes Cunha, Alexandre and Suprinyak, Carlos Eduardo, (eds.) Political Economy and International Order in Interwar Europe. Palgrave Studies in the History of Economic Thought. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, CH, 403 - 422. ISBN 9783030471019

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This chapter draws on the previous contributions in this volume to consider the intellectual origins of European integration. First, it analyses the many changes in, and responses to, the operation of “the state” wrought by the First World War and the calamities that followed. In this period, the classic questions surrounding the relationship between law, order and liberty took on new meaning and inspired new ideas. Some of the more ambitious—even radical—figures suggested rewriting entirely the so-called “rules of the game.” Others sought to re-establish the old order on a more philosophically robust and practically pragmatic footing. These new ideas both followed from, and fostered, new approaches, methods and academic collaborations across the traditional disciplinary, cultural and national borders. For many, these dynamics brought a heightened urgency and a new sense of possibility to the age-old dreams of a united Europe. The chapter closes by reflecting on the work undertaken—and the work left unfinished—by the architects of the post-war European project.

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Divisions: International Relations
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D901 Europe (General)
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2024 10:00
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2024 10:03

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