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De Gaulle as a father of Europe: the unpredictability of the FTA's failure and the EEC's success (1956–58)

Warlouzet, Laurent (2011) De Gaulle as a father of Europe: the unpredictability of the FTA's failure and the EEC's success (1956–58). Contemporary European History, 20 (04). pp. 419-434. ISSN 0960-7773

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Abstract

The failure of the Free Trade Area (FTA), a British ‘Greater Europe’ free-market project, has often been contrasted with the European Economic Community (EEC)'s rapid success. However, this article claims that the EEC's success was neither logical nor automatic. The FTA project was not bound to failure, but could easily have become the principal institution for European co-operation. Moreover, the French leader, Charles de Gaulle, played such a prominent role in the EEC that he could be described as a new ‘Father of Europe’. Without the EEC, France would certainly have been forced to reach agreement on the FTA, but conversely, without de Gaulle, the EEC would probably have been diluted into a larger FTA.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJourna...
Additional Information: © 2011 Cambridge University Press
Library of Congress subject classification: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D901 Europe (General)
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Journal of Economic Literature Classification System: N - Economic History > N1 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics; Growth and Fluctuations > N14 - Europe: 1913-
N - Economic History > N2 - Financial Markets and Institutions > N24 - Europe: 1913-
Sets: Departments > International History
Collections > Economists Online
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2012 13:40
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/46921/

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