Logo eprints

(a cura di) Spagna e Italia nei processi d’integrazione europea (1950-1992)

Cavallaro, Maria Elena and Levi, Guido (a cura di) Spagna e Italia nei processi d’integrazione europea (1950-1992). Istituto di studi storici Gaetano Salvemini . Rubbettino, Soveria Mannelli. ISBN 8849838883 (2013)

Full text not available from this repository.


This book is an attempt to make a comparison between Italian and Spanish European integration process. The starting point of the study is that even if they take place in different moment of the Cold War, in both case the European integration process influenced the domestic and external policy of both state. A part from the comparison and the introduction to the book, I wrote an essay that is going to be published within the book devoted to French and Spanish relationship during the transition to democracy. Along this essay I want to demonstrate that after Franco’s death, Europeanism considered such as the commitment and official strategy of Spain to enter the EEC, must be studied as a key point of the Spanish transition to democracy. It has a symbolic, instrumental but even a driving role which made it a central part not only of foreign policy but even of the domestic one in the Spain of the Seventies. In particular my study will explain the influence of the French-Spanish relationship on the Spanish transition and Europeanism, in order to underline which role France played -as external actor- on the Spanish integration in the EEC.I need to explain why I chose France. During the second half of the Seventies, when the transition to democracy takes place in Spain, on the foreign policy side, France and Spain share: Europeanism as a balancing factor of antiAtlantism and both of them assign to the Mediterranean policy a key role in their own guidelines. But there is more. Immediately after the end of Franco dictatorship, I’ll explain along the essay that the Spanish ruling class interpreted the consolidation of its bilateral relationship with France not only as a proof of the restoration of the contact with one of its neighbours, but France admiration was seen as symbol and it acted as legitimization factor of the Spanish transition to democracy. The French admiration shown in several formal occasion was later on used as an instrument to the Spanish approaching to the EEC. The international framework taken into accont in this essay is the second half of the Seventies. On the French side this length of time perfectly overlaps to the seven years of Giscard d’Estaing presidency. Using the most updated French and Spanish historiography, the diplomatic sources of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of both countries, the documents coming from their representative delegation in Bruxelles (CEE), the archival of the French Presidency, and the archival of the Spanish Presidency of the Government, I explained the way in which the relationship between the two countries have been used by their own ruling class to modify their internal relationship of power.

Item Type: Book
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DP Spain
Research Area: Economics and Institutional Change
Depositing User: Ms T. Iannizzi
Date Deposited: 29 May 2013 13:03
Last Modified: 28 Jan 2014 16:11
URI: http://eprints.imtlucca.it/id/eprint/1594

Actions (login required)

Edit Item Edit Item