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Engineering European Unity

The Quest for the Right Solution Across Centuries

Which European and non-European ideas and practices facilitated the shaping of European unity? Or rather, which pursuits led to deadlocks in the cooperation between states?

The book seeks answers to these questions by surveying the historical attempts at realizing supranational patterns of governance in Europe since the Middle Ages. The main focus is on the nineteenth and twentieth century organizational models of European unification.

The analysis draws on an abundance of historical and legal source material. While the author encourages critical thinking about European integration, the exploration is admittedly based on specific values. Éva Bóka claims that the struggle for the humanization of power with its democratic creative force has been the major driver in the development of the system of liberties and the idea of European unity. The analysis of the historical process up to the Lisbon Treaty (2007) with the recognition of common, shared, and supported competences meets the author's set of values to a great extent. The last part of the book examines whether the European Union can serve as a political and economic organizational model for other parts of the world.

About the Author

Éva Bóka is habilitated university doctor and independent researcher in history. As a lecturer she taught MA, MA Erasmus and PhD courses, in Hungarian and in English, at universities in Hungary, among others, the Eötvös Loránd University, and the Corvinus University of Budapest. She was the research lead of the Rethinking Europe Research Group at the Multidisciplinary Doctoral School of International Relations of the Corvinus University of Budapest as honorary associate professor. She published several papers in various journals in Hungary, Germany, and the United States, and she is the author of six books. Her main research areas are the history of the idea of European unity, the theory and practice of European integration, and the comparative history of the modernization of the states and the international relations in the Western World and East Asia.
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December 10, 2022
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