An Historical Introduction to the European Union by Philip Thody is a chronological political history of European integration from the Common Market to the present with a contextualising survey of wider European history since the 1600s. This accessible introduction to the essential history, economics and politics of the European Union offers a clear survey of the Union up to the present day.
With a detailed account of the workings of the Union, this book includes discussion of enlargement, organisations and powers, the basic principles behind the Union, contested practices such as agriculture, legislation and monetary policy.
Incorporating the most recent research, this book includes detailed treatment of the policies of the European Union as well as a chronology and guide to the institutions of the European Union and suggestions for further reading.
Philip Thody is Emeritus Professor at Leeds University and author of The Conservative Imagination and French Caesarism from Napoleon I to Charles de Gaulle.