EU and History

ERASMUS+ – Transnational History, EU WAREHOUSE, Belgium

EUROPEAN HISTORY – development of the European Union

Where does the European Union appear in history books? More or less in the stories of each nation envolved in the process? Is there a European story / collective memory, that has and continues to influence today and the future and our lives? Do we have a shared European past? What binds the continent together? Europe’s history has shaped all of us.

The call for democracy and national sovereignty, the expansion of industrialisation and imperialism, all radically change Europe’s course. Europe reaches the peak of its global power. The changes fuel social tensions in 19th century Europe – their impact is still highly relevant today.

Extreme atrocity and contempt for humanity become apparent in the different scenarios of mass war and totalitarian terror in the first half of the 20th century.

A new political landscape emerges from the ashes of war, separated by an Iron Curtain. The idea of European integration is put into practice, but will it flourish?

The thriving post-war economies falter. Communist regimes face systemic issues and a lack of socio-political legitimacy. Globalisation and the end of the Cold War accelerate European integration.