John Christian Bailey
Today the role of the EU is a hotly contested, often controversial issue. In his research, Mr. Bailey looks at early integrationist tendencies in Germany. Following World War II, many Germans were eager to take part in a larger United States of Europe . Mr. Bailey identifies three sources of integrationist influence used by historians. These mechanisms, transnational organizations, the cultural wing of the American government and nationally based cultural groups in Germany, all played an important role in fostering this pro-European attitude. In his comparison of these forces, Mr. Bailey hopes to make generalized reflections about each one s power and influence within mid-twentieth century Europe.