France and Europe

France and Europe

When I took my first course on European politics in 1968, France's role in Europe was little more than a footnote in any of the books we read. The European Economic Community (EEC) was barely mentioned by my professor, one of the three people to whom this book is dedicated. The same was true two years later in my first seminar on European politics in graduate school. Roy Pierce, one of the book's other dedicatees, did mention European institutions twenty-six times in his textbook published in 1973, but those mentions were hardly central to an analysis that focused all but exclusively on domestic politics.

Thirty-five years later, Europe has to be a central focus of any book on any country on ...

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