Europe today appears to have left the old imperial, nationalist, and ideological rivalries behind. The disastrous wars/conflicts of the 20th century –WWI, WWII, and the Cold War—have become something of the past. Starting from the 1950s, Europe’s continuing but irregular pace of integration has reached an unprecedented level, bringing peace and prosperity to much of Europe. The European Union is the most advanced experiment of regional integration and “supranational” governance beyond traditional nation-states and intergovernmental cooperation. It is a unique experience in many ways. This course is designed to explore the dynamics of this experience over the past 60 years within a historical and geographical context, considering political, economic, institutional, and cultural factors.
- Teacher: Fahrettin Sumer