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The European Union: A Beginner's Guide (Beginner's Guides)

The European Union: A Beginner's Guide (Beginner's Guides) [Kindle Edition]

Alasdair Blair
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"A well focussed introduction to both the history and institutional set-up of the EU... A near perfect equilibrium between fundamental perspectives and relevant factual detail."

(Jorg Monar - Professor of Contemporary European Studies and former Co-Director of the Sussex Europea)

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The world's greatest importer and exporter, the European Union is an economic heavyweight with a GDP even larger than the US. But how much do we really know about the nature and aims of the EU, the benefits and costs membership brings, and its impact on peoples' everyday lives? And, in an increasingly multipolar world, can it ever emerge as a global superpower, or do widespread concerns about national sovereignty and serious questions about the Euro's stability mean that it is destined for an uncertain future? Featuring the most up-to-date assessment of the EU, its inner workings, external relations, and likely future development, this is the perfect introduction for anyone seeking to better understand European integration and what it means for Europeans as well as the rest of the world.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2912 KB
  • Print Length: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications; Reprint edition (1 Jun 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0082164VS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #110,758 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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After a great deal of searching this is definitely the best introduction to the EU that I have been able to find.
Much of the EU material available in the UK, particularly from our media and politicians, is fragmented and unhelpful. Those in favour effuse about how much better it is for Europe's nations to work together rather than to fight wars. Those against just grumble about some of the particularly daft decisions the EU has taken. Both sides throw out spurious facts and statistics to support their view. Neither side seriously discusses what the other side has to say.
This book takes us through the continuing development of the EU from 1945 by describing particular problems the member states were trying to overcome at each stage. EU progress was bound to be slow with such varied member states, with changes requiring many compromises and liable to introduce new, unforeseen problems. The author's view is that the EU will probably get there in the end, but it certainly hasn't got there yet.
Overall, the author guides us as electors to take an active interest in how the EU should progress. He gives us enough background to explore the arguments both for and against specific developments and hence to influence what our MEPs try to do about them. This is a refreshing change from those who are content simply to effuse or to grumble on the sidelines.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Concise intro to E.U. 23 Nov 2014
By keith
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A good introduction to and summary of the E.U.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction 23 Mar 2013
By Wal
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as the title says......a Beginners Guide, its clear and concise enough to give a broad understanding of all the issues...just what i wanted.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Text book for an Intro to the EU course 24 April 2013
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Book is pretty to the point and easy to read. There are certainly more difficult text books regarding this subject but also ones that are far more comprehensive. This book was used for a 3000 level course. I would recommend it for a 2000 level course based on the information it provides.

The Kindle Edition does not have "real" page numbers. The book does include many "text boxes" and other figures. The original kindle rendered all of these fine and the windows kindle reader rendered them properly as well. This is a plus as I have had other textbooks that were almost unusable due to this.

It is a good intro into the subject of European Integration and I would recommend it for that purpose.
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