Table of Contents

1. History and theory.
2. The post-war nation-state.
3. Coal and the Belgian nation.
Protection, welfare and employment.
Belgium enters the Coal and Steel Community.
The Belgian coal industry in the Community.
Preserving the welfare consenus.
4. Foreign trade, economic and social advance, and the origins of the European Economic Community.
Theory, ideology and practice in foreign trade.
Western Europe's trade with Germany as the pivot of economic advance.
The Six as a trade network.
The Netherlands and the origins of the common market.
The Treaties of Rome.
5. The Europeanization of agricultural protection.
The economics and politics of post-war Western European agriculture.
Agricultural pressure groups and the state in post-war Europe.
Protection, prices and consumption in European agriculture in the 1950s.
Finding a vent for surplus.
The search for a political solution.
Agriculture in a hierarchy of power.
6. The lives and teachings of the European saints.
7. Britain and western Europe.
British manufacturing and international trade.
Strategies for post-war commercial competition with Germany.
Competition in cars.
Sterling, the dollar and the world order.
Sterling and Western Europe.
The United Kingdom and the Common Market. "For the second edition of this classic economic and political account of the origins of the European Community Alan Milward has completely revised and updated the chapter on the United Kingdom. On one level the book is an original analysis of the forces which brought the EC together, on another it is an explanation based on historical analysis of the future relationship between nation-state and the European Union. Combining political with economic analysis, and based on extensive primary research in several countries, it offers a challenging interpretation of the history of the western European state and European integration."--BOOK JACKET.