A Historical Look at European Union

Thursday, November 10, 2011

A different look at the euro zone crisis with a look at the very idea of the European Union. It grew out of the wreckage of World War II, with politicians determined to end the rivalries which had driven Europe to war twice in 25 years. Former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, presiding at the Hague Congress in 1948, launched the call for a political, economic and monetary union of Europe. This landmark conference would eventually see six European countries coming together to sign the Treaty of Rome in 1957 which created the European Economic Community — now of course, the much larger 27-member European Union.

Peter Heather, professor of mediaeval history at Kings College, London and author of "Empires and Barbarians: Migration, Development and the Birth of Europe," discusses the history of the European Union and the end of the nation state.


Peter Heather

Comments [2]

anna from new york

Ah, my note of appreciation was of course to brief to list all the contributions, but the omission of one must be corrected.
We should remember wonderful old families, such as the BUSHES, which FINANCED HITLER during the war - even when this country finally entered and in a way killing Americans among many more others.

Nov. 11 2011 07:52 AM
anna22 from new york

Dear John,
Europe should never forget the help this country gave ...
Who can forget the negative eugenics, Henry Ford, father Coughlin etc. and their contribution to murdering of millions ... in Europe. Who can also forget the fact that some wonderful Americans (a Rockefeller, for example) were so dedicated to finding any Nazi they could and bringing here. When one reads some comments here or on the NYT forums, for example, one knows how successful they were.
Europe own much more to Soviet soldiers in TRENCHES, or Polish pilots in British air than Americans bombing Dresden.
Sorry to inform you, but there is a difference between myths and history
Thank you, America

Nov. 11 2011 07:13 AM

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