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From its beginnings as a trading organization the European Union (EU) has become an immensely important actor in the international system. This collection distils the very best writings, both classic and contemporary, in the field of its international relations across a range of policy fields. The selected articles and chapters reflect the breadth of the EU's activities in the world, including its economic and security relationships, as well as its unique status in the academic study of international relations.

Editors' Introduction: International Relations of the European Union

WynRees and MichaelSmith

Introduction

The four volumes in this collection on International Relations of the European Union are designed to gather together contributions to the literature in what has been a fast-changing area of study and research. There are problems that confront any attempt to survey such a vast field of literature, not least of which is trying to choose between a plethora of articles and book chapters of high quality. Many of these articles and chapters traverse several subject areas and there are often a host of insightful studies of particular topics. This collection has eschewed attempts to determine the best literature in favour of two other criteria. First, it seeks to discern the literature that has marked ...

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