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Europe Recast: A History of European Union, 2nd edition

Desmond Dinan
Europe Recast: A History of European Union, 2nd edition
ISBN: 978-1-62637-071-5
ISBN: 978-1-62637-249-8
2014/411 pages/LC: 2014002631
Also of interest:  The European Union: Readings on the Theory and Practice of European Integration, 4th edition, edited by Brent F. Nelsen and Alexander Stubb
Praise for the previous edition:

"A superb, eminently readable history of the European Union.... The book is a gem.... a good read for those of us who know the story, and an even better one for students who do not."—Steven B. Wolinetz, International Journal

"Highly recommended."—Library Bookwatch

"A fascinating account that is not dull and dry, but rather full of idealism, bureaucratic intrigue, personalities and political entrepreneurs, ideological struggles, and fluctuating international complexities and environments. Dinan masterfully brings these all together to provide an excellent treatment of the European Community's and later the European Union's institutional and policy development."—Peter H. Loedel, EUSA Review

"This is a very good book.... Dinan's comprehensive and readable history of European integration draws on a rich array of sources, including his own extensive EU experience. Students and scholars alike will find a new insight on every page."—Brent Nelsen, Furman University

"This lively book is the best general text on the formation of the EU that I have seen. Students will gain an understanding of both the institutional formation of the Union and the developments in European politics, society, and history that are at its foundation."—Jennifer Jenkins, Washington University in St. Louis


Thoroughly revised to reflect a decade of recent history—and incorporating newly available archival material and the latest scholarship—Europe Recast tells the story of European integration from its modern origins in the 1940s to the challenges of today. The book is an essential guide to unraveling the complexity of the EU system in the context of modern European history.


Desmond Dinan is professor of public policy at George Mason University. His numerous publications include Ever Closer Union: An Introduction to European Integration, and he is editor of Encyclopedia of the European Union.


  • Introduction.
  • Finding a Way Forward.
  • Europe of the Communities.
  • Constructing the European Community.
  • Setbacks and Struggles.
  • Variable Weather.
  • Transformation.
  • Achieving European Union.
  • The Triumphs and Tribulations of European Union.
  • The Limits of European Union.
  • Conclusion.
  • Appendixes: List of Acronyms and Abbreviations; The Ever Wider EU, 1957-2013; Major Treaty Changes; Chronology.
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