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The First World War and European integration

Stevenson, David (2012) The First World War and European integration. International History Review, 34 (4). pp. 841-863. ISSN 0707-5332

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Identification Number: 10.1080/07075332.2012.690202


The importance of the First World War in European integration history has been understated. Before 1914, intensifying economic integration had not brought corresponding political integration. But once hostilities broke out, Germany pursued indirect economic and military domination over its neighbours and a Central European economic association based on agreements with Austria-Hungary. The drive for the latter had little success, because of Germany's own uncertainties as well as Austria-Hungary's resistance. From 1916 the French government also pursued the goal of border buffer states, together with a permanent inter-Allied economic bloc, but was likewise unsuccessful. Nonetheless, the wartime experience helped to shape later integration initiatives during the inter-war years and even beyond.

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Additional Information: © 2012 Informa plc
Divisions: International History
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D501 World War I
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D901 Europe (General)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2011 11:04
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2021 01:44

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