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Course of Our Times, The
Quest For Integration In Europe, The
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Historical survey hosted by Abram Sachar, Brandeis University. Series release date: 1973

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“Since Woodrow Wilson’s day, the major attempts to create an international authority that could promote international cooperation and minimize the dangers of war, were not very successful. The League of Nations died in the convulsions of World War II. The United Nations was unable to discipline the international giants nor to contain their more vital disputes. Attempts were therefore made for cooperation ‘from the bottom up instead of from the top down.’ Perhaps if regional understandings were achieved, with more limited objectives, they might become the foundation for ever wider cooperation. This became the objective of the great Europeans -- Jean Monnet and Robert Schuman of France, Paul-Henri Spaak of Belgium, Konrad Adenauer of West Germany, Alcide de Gasperi of Italy. They created the Coal and Steel Community, the nuclear power authority, Euratom, and the Common Market. There was even a symbolic European Parliament, centered in Strasbourg, that functioned modestly and quietly, primarily as a forum. But the rivalries and animosities that convulsed Europe kept these regional agreements very much on the periphery of genuine unity. They remained portents rather than decisive achievements.”

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Chicago: “Course of Our Times, The; Quest For Integration In Europe, The,” WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 26, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_F1A723EEF2FB4E9196DB69C94C7DFB7E.
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APA: Course of Our Times, The; Quest For Integration In Europe, The. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_F1A723EEF2FB4E9196DB69C94C7DFB7E
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