France and the construction of Europe, 1944-2007: the geopolitical imperative

Michael J. Sutton

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In the second half of the twentieth century France played the greatest role - even greater than Germany’s - in shaping what eventually became the European Union. By the early twenty-first century, however, in a hugely transformed Europe, this era had patently come to an end. This comprehensive history shows how France coupled the pursuit of power and the furtherance of European integration over a sixty-year period, from the close of the Second World War to the hesitation caused by the French electorate’s referendum rejection of the European Union’s constitutional treaty in 2005.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationOxford (UK)
Number of pages384
ISBN (Print)9781845453930
Publication statusPublished - 9 Dec 2007

Publication series

NameMonographs in French Studies
PublisherBerghahn Books


  • twentieth century
  • France
  • European Union
  • twenty-first century
  • European integration
  • referendum
  • constitutional treaty


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