The European Union (EU) stands out as a fascinatingly unique political organization. On the one hand, it has shown the potential for developing deep and wide-ranging cooperation between member states, going far beyond that found anywhere else in the world. On the other, it is currently in the throes of a phase of profound uncertainty about its viability and future.
Showing how and why the EU has developed from 1950 to the present day, this month's selection of our Very Short Book Club--The European Union: A Very Short Introduction--covers a range of topics, including the Union's early history, the workings of its institutions and what they do, the interplay between "euroskeptics" and federalists, and the role of the Union beyond Europe in international affairs and as a peace-keeper. This recently updated fourth edition also covers the migrant crisis and the UK's decision to leave the Union, and concludes by considering the future of the Union and the choices and challenges that may lie ahead.
Anyone is welcome to join this Very Short Book Club, which is gradually--and in very short doses--working toward a complete understanding of Everything by tackling a new title from the Oxford University Press Very Short Introductions series every month. Or just come browse our collection of 300+ VSIs, offering concise and original introductions to a wide range of subjects--from Islam to Sociology, Politics to Classics, and Literary Theory to History. Not simply a textbook of definitions, each volume provides trenchant and provocative--yet always balanced and complete--discussions of the central issues in a given topic.