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More than just a Single Market: European integration, peace and security in the 1980s

Ludlow, N. Piers ORCID: 0000-0002-4883-4536 (2017) More than just a Single Market: European integration, peace and security in the 1980s. British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 19 (1). pp. 48-62. ISSN 1369-1481

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Identification Number: 10.1177/1369148116685295


Economics was central to Europe’s problems in the early 1980s and its successes after 1985. But to view the European Community solely in this manner disregards the enduring importance of the quest for European peace. European leaders used the integration process as a mechanism to influence East–West relations and the Middle East. Peace rhetoric and symbolism sustained the core Franco-German partnership. European integration was crucial to the continent’s ability to peacefully absorb a huge shock in the form of German unification. And the Community’s role in exporting democracy, first to southern Europe, then to Eastern Europe, confirmed that integration was about more than just the Single Market.

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Divisions: International History
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D901 Europe (General)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2016 14:21
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 02:27

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