International School History - European Schools - S7 4 hour option

S6 4hr History Last update - 13 March 2016 Official European School History S6 Syllabus: English, French, German
Compulsory Core - Europe 7 - Europe in the Making (1945 to Today) - syllabus
Key Questions and syllabus references. Lessons Additional materials and external links
1. What were the origins and stages of European construction between 1945 and 1973?
 

What factors helped and what factors hindered co-operation between European countries after 1945?

A Europe of cooperation or a supranational Europe?

Key words:   Supranational Europe, Co-operation.

 

Worksheet 1 - The origins of the European Project.

PowerPoint from the lesson.

Winston Churchill's 1946 Zurich speech and text.
 
Council of the EU 2015 film by the European Council tells the story of the EU through the lives of the founding  fathers. 30 minutes.

 

Hypertext version of the IB History of Europe Course Companion on Europe on this website.
   
The outstanding European Navigator website is a comprehensive, multilingual history of the EU.

This section of CVCE deals with Europe in the immediate postwar period. Churchill's Zurich speech is here. The Hague meeting here.

The European Virtual School project on the history of the EU.

A four minute film on the history of the EU.

 

What were the main stages of European construction 1945-57?

Possible Reference Points: O.E.E.C. (1948), Council of Europe (1949), Schuman Plan (9 May 1950)

 

Worksheet 2 - The Schuman Declaration

Short video of Schuman.

Extract from Tony Judt's Postwar on the Origins of the EU.

Tony Judt on Postwar Benelux and why Britain didn't join.

Short biographical film about Robert Schuman (French)

Brief histories on the official websites of OEEC and Council of Europe.

 

Possible Reference Points: E.C.S.C. (1951), Failure of E.D.C. (1954), Treaty of Rome and the E.E.C. (1957)

 

Worksheet 3 - Europe 1951-57 Community and its Confines.

Extract from Tony Judt's Postwar

Essay plan 'How integrated was Western Europe by 1957?'. Worksheet for handwritten or electronic completion. Suggested ideas for inclusion.
 

 

 

The failure of the EDC and establishment of the alternative Western European Union.

Establishing the EEC and Eurotom
 
Council of the EU 2015 film by the European Council tells the story of the EU through the lives of the founding  fathers. 30 minutes.

What factors helped and what factors hindered co-operation between European countries after 1945?

What countries joined the process of European construction up to 1986? Why did they join?

Key words:   Supranational Europe, Co-operation.

 

Worksheet 4 - Europe 1957-73: Integration, controversy, expansion and oil.

 

Britain applies and is rejected.

EFTA.

 

2. What have been the reasons for increasing European integration since 1973?

What countries joined the process of European construction up to 1986?
Why did they join?

What were the characteristics of enlargement after 1986?

Possible Reference Points:  European Union (1986), Maastricht Treaty (1992)

 

Worksheet 5 - Europe 1973-92 Excellent animated map showing the enlargement of the European Union since its foundation in 1957.
 
Treaty on European Union

Amsterdam Treaty

Pathe video on Britain and the Maastricht Treaty.

Which aspects of deepening integration were chosen and why?
What have been the challenges and opportunities?

Possible Reference Point:  Lisbon Treaty(2007)
 

Worksheet 6 - Europe since Maastricht.

Revision table for enlargement and integration since 1973 or as downloadable Word Document.

Lisbon Treaty

Short animation that explains the changes to the EU brought about by the Lisbon Treaty.

 

 

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