The United European Economic Community

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Throughout time, states cooperate with each other in the fields of military, politics and economy. However, before we get to these alliances, we should probably take a few steps back and define what we mean by a 'state '. A state is an autonomous political unit, including many communities within its territories, over which it has legitimate centralized power. Breaking this definition down, a state is a sovereign entity holding supreme rule over its territory. For this reason, the world 's modern nations fall under the broad umbrella of being states. - Shared interest ‘I think that the Government are right to apply to join the European Economic Community..’ The European Economic Community - later to be called the European Union - was…show more content…
The resulting commercial liberal explanation of “relative gains-seeking” in foreign economic policy is quite distinct from that of poststructuralism… Commercial liberalism has important implications for security policy. Governments are aware of the fact that wars, sanctions and other coercive military policies are far more costly than the transnational exchange of goods and services. Consequently, there is a strong economic incentive within society for states to behave cooperatively towards other states and forgo aggressive self-help strategies. Cobden’s belief that free trade would create a more peaceful world order is a core idea of nineteenth-century liberalism. Trade brings mutual gains to all the players, irrespective of their size of the nature of their economies. It is perhaps not surprising that it was in Britain that this argument found its most vocal supporters. This idea of a natural harmony of interests in international political and economic relation came under challenge in the early part of the twentieth century. The fact that Britain and Germany had highly interdependent economies before the Great War (1914-18) seemed to confirm the fatal flaw in the association of economic interdependence with peace. From the turn of the century, the contradictions within European civilisation, of progress and exemplarism on the one hand and the harnessing of industrial power for
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