Library Header Image
LSE Research Online LSE Library Services

Introduction: writing a supranational history of the EEC

Ludlow, N. Piers (2005) Introduction: writing a supranational history of the EEC. In: The European Community and the crises of the 1960s: negotiating the Gaulist challenge. Cold War history. Routledge, London, UK, pp. 1-10. ISBN 9780415375948

PDF - Accepted Version
Download (411kB) | Preview


A new and detailed study of the European Community's development between 1963 and 1969, with a special focus on the struggle between France and its EC partners over the purpose, structure and membership of the emerging European Community. On all three, French President Charles de Gaulle held divergent views from those of his fellow leaders. The six years in question were hence marked by a succession of confrontations over what the Community did, the way in which it functioned, and the question of whether new members (notably Britain) should be allowed to enter. Despite these multiple crises, however, the six founding members continued to press on with their joint experiment, demonstrating a surprisingly firm commitment to cooperation with each other. The period thus highlights both the strengths and the weaknesses of the early Community and highlights the origins of many of the structures and procedures that have survived until the current day.

Item Type: Book Section
Official URL:
Additional Information: © 2008 Routledge
Divisions: International History
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D901 Europe (General)
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2016 08:26
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2023 09:14

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item


Downloads per month over past year

View more statistics