France, Germany and the new Europe, 1945-1967 

Willis, F. Roy  

Stanford : Stanford University Press ; London : Oxford University Press


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Further works by F. Roy Willis

F. Roy Willis, (American), is Professor of History at the University of California, Davis is the author of a number of books on European history, including 'The French in Germany, 1945-1949' (Stanford, 1962), Italy chooses Europe (Oxford University Press 1971) and Western Civilization (D.C. Heath 3rd edition, 1981)


In this book F. Roy Willis evaluates the evolution of the Franco-German relationship from the end of World War II to 1967. He looks at the French and German contributions to European unification, in particular the role of the two countries in the construction of the Coal and Steel Community and the Common Market. He emphasises several important themes, including the French occupation of part of Germany. The role of key players, including Schuman and Monnet, is discussed in detail. While in the original 1965 edition, Willis enthused about French-German rapprochement, in this 1968 revised and expanded edition he discusses how the troubled years 1963-1967 cast doubt on the fledgling European integration. He devotes the final chapter in this book to the 'organised disagreement' that defined the Franco-German relationship during the period 1963-1967. This contemporary history provides valuable insight into the formative years of a united Europe.