Ireland Through European Eyes
Western Europe, the EEC and Ireland, 1945-1973
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: Cork University Press
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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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IAM GRATEFUL to the Irish Research Council for the Humanities andSocial Sciences (IRCHSS) for the funding which enabled the interna-tional consortium of historians to work for the past six years on thetheme, âIreland and European integration in a comparative internationalcontextâ, of which this volume of essays is the first publication in a seriesof specialist studies. This project is the culmination of a personal engage-...
Notes on Contributors
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Community. It shall address its application to the Council, which shallThe conditions of admission and the adjustments to this Treaty neces-sitated thereby shall be the subject of an agreement between theMember States and the applicant State. This agreement shall be sub-mitted for ratification by all the Contracting States in accordance with...
CHAPTER ONE - West Germany
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GERMANY and Ireland confronted very different legacies after theSecond World War. The Allies partitioned Germany and after 1949the newly created FRG (Federal Republic of Germany, also referred to asWest Germany), with its capital in Bonn, pursued integration into theWestern democratic fold. The first chancellor of West Germany, KonradAdenauer (Christian-Democrat), unwaveringly pursued this Western...
CHAPTER TWO - France
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FRANCO-Irish relations were characterised by an old tradition of friend-ship, but from the late 19th century onwards they gradually loosened:the Franco-British alliance became a central component of French defencepolicy and Paris distanced itself from Dublin as it could not afford to vex itsally over the Irish question. In the 1960s, many bilateral meetings were heldto discuss the Irish application for EEC membership, a process that allowed...
CHAPTER THREE - Italy and the Holy See
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THE Italian diplomatic archives on Ireland, housed at theDipartimento degli Affari Esteri, Piazzale della Farnesina, Rome, werenot open for the years 1957 to 1973, when the research for this chapterwas undertaken. In order to compensate in part for that loss, Italian inter-war and early post the Second World War archives have been consulted inRome, as have also the records of the European Commission and Council...
CHAPTER FOUR - The Netherlands
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CONTACTS between the Netherlands and Ireland throughout thecenturies receive little attention in comparison to relations betweenFrance and Ireland or Flanders and Ireland. However, as this chapter willdemonstrate, there were contacts and exchanges. Although these werecomparatively limited until the 20th century, they form an importantingredient in the history of the island of Ireland. The adoption of...
CHAPTER FIVE - Belgium
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RESEARCH in the archives of the Belgian Foreign Ministry and theNational Archives in Dublin reveal that, historically, most Irish-Belgian contacts were between Ireland and Flanders, the Dutch-speakingregion of Belgium, and far less with Wallonia, the French-speaking region.This chapter will first give an overview of relations until the end of theSecond World War, then it will focus on the post-1945 period until...
CHAPTER SIX - Luxembourg
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The relations between the small landlocked Grand Duchy of Luxembourgand Ireland, an island on the periphery of western Europe, are not imme-diately discernible,1 but there are historical parallels. Both were smallpowers relative to their neighbours. Luxembourgâs independence wasaffirmed in 1815 and confirmed in 1839 in the wake of Belgiumâs inde-...
CHAPTER SEVEN - The Commission, the Council and the Irish Application for the EEC, 1961–73
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This chapter traces the evolution of both the Council of Ministers andthe European Commissionâs perceptions of Ireland during the 1960s andthe early 1970s. In a volume devoted to tracing and analysing the respec-tive attitudes of the Six (the original founding member states) towardsthe inclusion of Ireland in the first enlargement, it is also necessary to...
Notes and References
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Publication Year: 2013