Christian Democracy and the Origins of European Union (New Studies in European History)
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Major study of the role of European Christian democratic parties in the making of the European Union. It radically re-conceptualises European integration in long-term historical perspective as the outcome of partisan competition of political ideologies and parties and their guiding ideas for the future of Europe. Wolfram Kaiser takes a comparative approach to political Catholicism in the nineteenth century, Catholic parties in interwar Europe and Christian democratic parties in postwar Europe and studies these parties' cross-border contacts and co-ordination of policy-making. He shows how well networked party elites ensured that the origins of European Union were predominately Christian democratic, with considerable repercussions for the present-day EU. The elites succeeded by intensifying their cross-border communication and coordinating their political tactics and policy making in government. This is a major contribution to the new transnational history of Europe and the history of European integration.
"Kaiser's book is a detailed scholarly analysis of European Christian democracy from its 19th-century inception to recent times. Recommended." -Choice
"Kaiser's survey impresses for its analytical incisiveness and chronological and geographic scope." -Central European History
"Kaiser's book is a milestone on the road to demonstrating how the European Union was built precisely through the networking of transnational actors such as Christian Democratic parties." -Stefan Berger, The International History Review
"...Kaiser has written an important book for scholars of European integration and European politics in the twentieth century." -Robert Mark Spaulding, H-German
"...a landmark contribution to contemporary European history." -Holger Nehring, Journal of Cold War Studies
About the Author
Wolfram Kaiser is Professor of European Studies at the University of Portsmouth, UK, and Visiting Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium. He has published numerous books, journal articles and book chapters, especially in the field of European Union history and politics, Christian democracy and the history of globalisation.
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Dense, informative, but difficult to read.
By Herbert V. Hernandez
A good history of the European Union. A little dense with details and political minutia. The book can drag and even get a little boring at times.