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The First World War and European integration

By David Stevenson


The importance of the First World War in European integration history has been understated. Before 1914, intensifying economic integration had not brought corresponding political integration. But once hostilities broke out, Germany pursued indirect economic and military domination over its neighbours and a Central European economic association based on agreements with Austria-Hungary. The drive for the latter had little success, because of Germany's own uncertainties as well as Austria-Hungary's resistance. From 1916 the French government also pursued the goal of border buffer states, together with a permanent inter-Allied economic bloc, but was likewise unsuccessful. Nonetheless, the wartime experience helped to shape later integration initiatives during the inter-war years and even beyond

Topics: D501 World War I, D901 Europe (General), JZ International relations
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Year: 2012
DOI identifier: 10.1080/07075332.2012.690202
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Provided by: LSE Research Online
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