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Viewpoint: reflections on the European Union's future by way of its past

Rodríguez-Salgado, M. J. (2017) Viewpoint: reflections on the European Union's future by way of its past. Discover Society.

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Historians are frequently asked what the present can learn from the past, so it was no surprise that the question was put to a panel on early forms of European cooperation at the Library of the European Parliament in Brussels on 7 December 2016. My remit was to discuss European cooperation in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, when most of Europe was divided into composite states, one of which has been described as the precursor of the European Union. Large-scale international coalitions were frequent, and a distinct, European identity evolved. But it was also a time of almost constant civil and international wars: to understand Europe’s past it is necessary to consider unity alongside disunity.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2017 The Author © CC BY-NC-ND 3.0
Divisions: International History
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2017 16:13
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2023 15:47

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