Term Paper: European Union Marks the Most Ambitious, Peaceful

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European Union marks the most ambitious, peaceful, and successful integration of the disparate nations and cultures of the continent. Since the fall of the Roman Empire, which united much of Europe under common if not coercive rule, there have been several proposals for a unified Europe. Most of these proposals involved coercion through either political or military domination. In many cases, European integration was a response to external threats such as the Arab invasions and the Fall of Constantinople. Fear of a common enemy served to propel European integration forward. In 1728, Abbot Charles de Saint-Pierre presented one of the first clear proposals for a European federation, a proposal which was met with increased interest after the American Revolution. Several early attempts to form a pan-European economic, political, and military federation were based on hegemonic ambitions on the part of powerful Western European states, especially France and Britain. The rivalries between powerful European nation-states closely resembled their colonial and imperialistic ambitions abroad: their efforts at establishing dominion over land, culture, and people throughout the world.

France and Britain were and to an extent still are at the forefront of the conflicts that continue to thwart decision-making in the European Union. For example, in 1806, Napoleon Bonaparte proposed a French hegemonic rule and an embargo on British goods. Great Britain turned down the first invitation to join the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC), the main organizational predecessor to the current European Union. Then twice the British application for admission into the European Economic Community was turned down by the French Prime Minister.

The ECSC was originally formed during the Cold War, a political, military and economic response to the Soviet threat. Its six member nations were Belgium, West Germany, Luxembourg, France, Italy, and the Netherlands. The ECSC was a success and thus… [END OF PREVIEW]

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