Superstate or Tool of Nations? Rethinking the History of European Union

A seminar by Kiran Klaus Patel 

Tuesday, 15 June, 5:00 PM CET via Webex

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Today it often appears as though the European Union has entered existential crisis after decades of success, condemned by its adversaries as a bureaucratic monster eroding national sovereignty: at best wasteful, at worst dangerous. How did we reach this point and how has European integration impacted on ordinary people’s lives – not just in the member states, but also beyond? This talk will present some of my recent book’s findings on the history of the EU.

Kiran Klaus Patel holds the Chair of European History at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich and is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society. Before joining LMU, he held chairs at Maastricht University (2011-2019) and European University Institute (2007-2011). His book The New Deal: A Global History (Princeton University Press, 2016) won the World History Association Bentley Book Prize. His latest publication Project Europe: A Historywas published with Cambridge University Press in 2020. His teaching and research focus on issues of European and US American history. Comparative, transnational and global approaches feature prominently in his work.