European Integration in the Twenty-First Century provides a comprehensive overview of the many dimensions and challenges to the on-going European integration project. It employs a number of interdisciplinary perspectives to review processes of both unity and disunity providing the reader with a complete snapshot of contemporary European integration in its variety of settings.
Chapter 1: Historical Teleologies
The history of the European Communities has been more dominated by teleologies than any topic other than Christian histories of the early church. The assumptions of its first historians indeed can be comfortably bracketed with the working procedures of the earliest historians of the church. Both were writing the history of a goodness which by its very quality must prevail. Walter Lipgens, the Church of Europe's first great chronicler, is not now much read (Lipgens, 1977). But the assumptions which underlay his work have been widely accepted and used by historians whose research method has been much more analytical.
European integration arose, he assumed, in the depths of the national socialist night as an idea that would conquer that darkness of the ...