A Collective Identity Of Europe

959 Words Oct 7th, 2015 4 Pages
Post-war European nations were faced with the task of restructuring their states after the devastating war. A collective agreement was made for a political body to help stabilize much of Europe. The Community provided external political structure that would provide the means necessary to create a stable economy and develop technologies, but in order to do so there would need to be a collective identity of Europe. As nation-states were trying to redefine their history and assert their independence it became a delicate balance between maintaining their own identity and joining in the Community that would impose new regulation but also provide the resources necessary to rebuild economically. This struggle to maintain a national identity is still an apparent issue s today specifically with the modern idea of globalization.
In the years following World War Two, many nation-states struggled to construct a plan to best rebuild their state. European countries understood that in order to rebuild they would need to seek help from neighbouring countries. The international community had developed technologically and nations recognized that these developments in manufacturing were necessary in order to provide the necessities for their nation. “Even highly developed states . . . no longer have the resources to master technologies which might be regarded as fundamental to their survival as separate national entities.” Post-war nations knew that resources could not be found within…
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