Europe and the Europeans, by Max Beloff
In October 1953 “seven eminent European thinkers” were invited by the Council of Europe—an inter-governmental body—to attend a round table conference in Rome. Among them were Signor Alcide de Gasperi; M. Robert Schuman, the French elder statesman; Professor Arnold Toynbee; and M. Denis de Rougemont, the French-Swiss historian who contributes an introduction to the present volume and clearly has had some influence on its more “federalist” sections. Two and a half years later, in March 1956, a study group of historians, economists, and others met at Strasbourg, under M. de Rougemont’s chairmanship, to discuss once more the general problem of European unity in the present era. These deliberations have now been summed up for the general reader by Mr. Max Beloff who acted as Rapporteur-Général and also, it must be supposed, as an unofficial British delegate to an assembly largely composed of Continental adherents to Europeanism.
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