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Tariffs, trade, and European integration, 1947-1957 : from study group to Common Market /
Wendy Asbeek Brusse.
1st ed.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 1997.
318 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
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New York : St. Martin's Press, 1997.
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Originally presented as the author's thesis (Ph. D.)--European University Institute, Florencem, 1991.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [289]-309) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1998-02:
Utilizing especially archival materials from various countries, the author (history and international relations, Univ. of Groningen, the Netherlands) presents a carefully researched, detailed history of the policy issues, diplomatic initiatives, formal proposals, and negotiations among the (West) European nations as they engaged in rebuilding their commercial relations after WW II. She shows why and how initial perceptions of the importance of tariffs and of the benefits of customs unions diverged and how "the Six" gradually reached a coordinated approach toward economic integration, resulting in the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC) and, later, the European Economic Community (EEC). The author emphasizes more than other histories of this period do (e.g., Derek W. Urwin, The Community of Europe: A History of European Integration since 1945, CH, Feb'92) that these efforts occurred against the backdrop of, and were significantly influenced by, the simultaneous global GATT negotiations and, even more importantly, the Marshall Plan and the pressures to liberalize Europe's trading system, which the US exerted in the context of OEEC (predecessor of OECD). Numerous tables; excellent bibliography; rather meager index. Recommended for collections on postwar European economic and political integration, upper-division undergraduate through research collections. H. D. Renning; emeritus, California State University, Stanislaus
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Table of Contents
List of Abbreviations
Archival References
List of Tables
List of Illustrations
Introductionp. 1
The Patterns and Politics of Protection in Historical Perspectivep. 11
The Foundations of the Postwar Trading System and the First Regional Plans for European Trade Cooperationp. 39
The OEEC's Tariff Debatep. 79
European Tariff Plans in GATTp. 115
Tariffs and the Six: The Beyen Plan and the Common Marketp. 143
European Tariff Plans and National Tariff Policies: The Cases of Germany, Britain and the Netherlandsp. 185
Conclusionp. 211
Comparing European Tariff Levels by Main SITC Section, 1951p. 221
Notesp. 239
Bibliographyp. 289
Indexp. 311
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