Enlargement and the European Commission: An assessment of the British and Irish applications for membership of the European Economic Community, 1958-73
Title: Enlargement and the European Commission: An assessment of the British and Irish applications for membership of the European Economic Community, 1958-73
Author: GEARY, Michael J.
Citation: Florence, European University Institute, 2009
Series/Report no.: EUI PhD theses; Department of History and Civilization
The thesis examines how the European Commission responded to the challenges posed by Britain’s and Ireland’s attempts to join the European Economic Community (EEC) between 1958 and 1972.1 The part played by the Commission in the enlargement process of the 1960s is one that has received little critical attention by scholars dealing with the history of European integration. Each chapter examines the enlargement question largely from the Commission’s perspective intertwined with British and Irish views. It therefore moves beyond the more traditional focus of scholarly research that has to date been almost exclusively based around national accounts of how the Community went from six to nine members in January 1973. This dissertation aims, in part, to fill this void in the history of the early years of the EEC.
LC Subject Heading: European integration -- History; Great Britain -- Foreign relations -- European Union countries; European Union countries -- Foreign relations -- Great Britain; Europe -- Economic integration -- History
Defence date: 20 February 2009; Examining Board: Prof. Pascaline Winand (EUI/Monash University) - supervisor Prof. N. Piers Ludlow (London School of Economics) - co-supervisor Prof. Kiran Klaus Patel (EUI) Prof. Jan van der Harst (University of Groningen)
Final published version: http://hdl.handle.net/1814/27778
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