history and memories

The history of the European Commission

What is the European Commission and what does it do? A new volume of the history of the Commission gives an inside view of this institution in the 1970s and early 1980s, a period often portrayed as one of European political stagnation. Against the background of successive enlargements of the European Communities from 6 to 12 member states, the plans, ideas and changes initiated in the 1970s nevertheless set the scene for the fresh impetus given by the Single European Act and the upturn in the mid-1980s.

Just as the previously published volume on the founding years of the institution from 1958 to 1972, the new volume, covering the period from 1973 to 1986, is based largely on hitherto unpublished sources and draws upon the personal testimony of numerous former Commissioners and officials. Together these two books bear witness to an institution then, as now, a driving force for European integration.

   The European Commission 1973-86 (new book)

    and  The European Commission 1958-72 (new edition)


Hardcover edition: 39 EUR

Both hardcover volumes bought together: 65 EUR

Both volumes are also available for free-of-charge download (in PDF and e-book version).

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