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The European Union: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) [Kindle Edition]

John Pinder , Simon Usherwood
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Book Description

This Very Short Introduction explains the European Union in plain English. Fully updated for 2007 to include controversial and current topics such as the Euro currency, the EU's enlargement, and its role in ongoing world affairs, this accessible guide shows how and why the EU has developed from 1950 to the present. Covering a range of topics from the Union's early history and the ongoing interplay between 'eurosceptics' and federalists, to the single market, agriculture,
and the environment, the authors examine the successes and failures of the EU, and explain the choices that lie ahead in the 21st century.

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About the Author

John Pinder is Professor at the College of Europe and Chairman of the Federal Trust, London.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1767 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 2nd edition (13 Dec. 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #335,883 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
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This is a superbly written précis - ideal for those with only a basic understanding of the complexities of the European Union - and an excellent springboard to more thorough books on the subject. The author is knowledgeable and opinionated, but generally able to present his work in an unbiased manner, without overburdening the reader with technical details about the various institutions.
For such a short book, it is remarkably comprehensive, including political, economic, legal and historical observations. I particularly enjoyed the presentation of the EU's history, with its emphasis on the characters that have been involved in the development of the EU. Pinder's views on Britain's role are obvious - he is a fervent Europhile - but he is also quick to point out the shortcomings of badly conceived or poorly executed policies in which Britain has played no part.
Given the current political climate, it was a pleasure to read a pro-European book written with authority and style. A far cry from the emotive rhetoric that pervaded the recent election campaign. This is compulsory reading for us all before the promised referendum on Europe.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good source as an introduction! 3 July 2010
I bought this book as an introduction to the EU to compliment a course i'm studying and for formation and brief history of the EU to how the EU is governed, the agriculture policy, social policy and the environmental policy, then this book is useful. The EU is a very broad and for some a confusing organisation to understand but as an introduction and as a quick refernce guide, this book is helpfull!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Critically Relevant 25 Oct. 2011
Putting aside any pro-European biases which username may indicate, this is a "very short" introduction to a mammoth topic. It manages to keep to the format of it's series, and not at any point compromise on depth or quality.

It covers the formation of the EU, the key legislative framework behind it and its main organs. With the recent Commons motion on an EU referendum, and the current EU economic crisis which is threatening the single currency and wider partnership, it is imperative at this time, more than any other, that every citizen of an EU member state is well informed.

At some points, it's readability is certainly suboptimal, but given the relevance of this topic, it is certainly a "must read"
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars No good for beginners 10 April 2009
I'm reading several of the "A very short introduction" titles in preparation for a Politics and International Relations degree. So far I have found the titles I've read really helpful; this one however is not so good! If you're a beginning and just want a basic understanding of the history, make-up and achievements of the EU then this book is rubbish. It launches right into it using lots of jargon which is not explained and confuses the reader.
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