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The Passage to Europe: How a Continent Became a Union Hardcover – July 23, 2013

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This supremely erudite account of Europe's transformation by van Middelaar (Politicide), a Dutch philosopher and advisor to the European Council president, demonstrates that integration "failed to put an end to power politics between member states," with continual crises testing the legitimacy of the union since the 1950s. Charles de Gaulle's instinctive realpolitik made him fiercely protective of French sovereignty, leading to a constitutional crisis in 1966 . Other quandaries-whether a European Army was desirable and practicable to face the Soviet Union , or how best to navigate German reunification after 1989 -make the author pose an apt question: "Is Europe real, or does it exist only on paper?" Otherwise brilliant, the book suffers from the philosopher's instinct toward the abstract over the concrete. Van Middelaar writes awkwardly of the continent's citizens as an amorphous mass, referring to the creation of a "new European public that speaks in unison." When chances do arise to explore public opinion as the product of flesh-and-blood humans-a challenge to the Maastricht Treaty in the German Constitutional Court being a salient opportunity-van Middelaar retreats into political theory . Nevertheless, his encyclopedic knowledge of and intimacy with European affairs will make even a specialist blush with envy.

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"A discerning, balanced, gracefully written book, flavoured with the insights of political science but filled with the meat of European Union history over six decades."—Tony Barber, Financial Times
(Tony Barber Financial Times)

“Philosophically informed and historically sensitive. . . . [offering] a subtle and detailed account of the evolution of the Union.”—Larry Sidentop, Times Literary Supplement
(Larry Sidentop Times Literary Supplement 2013-11-29)

"[The book] has much to teach those who want to understand the EU’s recent political dynamic."—The Economist
(The Economist)

"An erudite alternative to the persistent drumbeat about the coming, market-driven disintegration of the European Union . . . . An intriguing presentation of views seldom reported so readably and in such depth."—Kirkus Reviews
 
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“His encyclopedic knowledge of and intimacy with European affairs will make even a specialist blush with envy.”—Publishers Weekly
(Publishers Weekly)

“The book I most valued was Luuk van Middelaar’s The Passage to Europe, a brilliant account of the development of the European Union. The most insightful book on Europe since Larry Siedentop’s Democracy in Europe, and essential reading before voting in the referendum.”
—Vernon Bogdanor, Times Higher Education Supplement, Book of the Year (Vernon Bogdanor Times Higher Education Supplement 2013-12-19)

“The author, a senior EU official, combines inside knowledge with the insights of a philosopher . . . His discussion . . . is illuminating and remarkably readable.”—Roger Morgan, Times Higher Education Supplement (Roger Morgan Times Higher Education Supplement 2013-12-19)
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (July 23, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300181124
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300181128
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,603,663 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sometimes the best books on "the law" are written by non-lawyers, and this is an example. The author is part-philosopher and part-historian, and does an excellent job of conveying the basic underpinnings of the EU experiment. Does a good job of conveying how the EU has taken on a life of its own.
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Provides a stimulating qualitative, philosphical and politcal framework for the enquiry into issues of European identity. It is also very clearly written and easy to read.
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This is an original and interesting view of European unification. It should be compulsory reading for British and other Eurosceptics.
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An excellent read representing a trend in contemporary EU studies, which offers analytical perspective without relying extensively on quantitative data and sources.
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