Enlargement has been an almost constant part of European integration history – going from an improvised exercise to the EU’s most developed foreign policy tool. However, neither the longevity nor the complexity of enlargement has been properly historicised.

European Enlargement across Rounds and Beyond Borders offers three interdisciplinary, innovative, and indeed radical, new ways of understanding and analysing EC/EU enlargements: first, tracing Longue Durée developments; second, investigating enlargement Beyond the Road to Membership; and third, exploring the Entangled Exchanges and synergies between the EC/EU and its outside. This edited volume will provide fresh perspectives on enlargement as one of the defining processes in Europe in the second half of the 20th century: How are we to understand enlargement as a policy? How has it changed the EU? What is the historical role of the British press in shaping the UK’s visions of Europe? How has enlargement played into Russia’s relationship with today’s EU? Giving answers to these questions, and many more, this volume wishes to spark a broad debate about the roots, range, and repercussions of enlargement, and how historians, and other scholars, should engage with it.

This publication will be of key interest to scholars and students of modern European history and politics, the European integration process, EU studies, and more broadly multilateral international institutions, history, law and the social sciences.

chapter |16 pages


Towards a new understanding of enlargement

part I|58 pages

Longue durée

chapter 1|17 pages

Enlargement disenchanted?

Two transitions to democracy and where we are with today’s crisis

chapter 2|21 pages

Enlargement as foreign policy

A research agenda

chapter 3|18 pages

Enlargement and identity

Studying reasons

part II|65 pages

Beyond the road to membership

chapter 4|22 pages

The inward-looking outsider?

The British popular press and European integration, 1961–1992

chapter 6|20 pages

Enlargement policy towards Central and Eastern Europe

What EU policy-makers learned 1

part III|111 pages

Entangled exchanges

chapter 9|21 pages

Integration from the outside

The EC and EFTA from 1960 to the 1995 enlargement

chapter 10|23 pages

Communitarian boomerang

How Norway changed the Common Fisheries Policy, 1961–1972 1

chapter 11|14 pages