History of the European Union Podcast Series

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This History of the European Union podcast series was released in 2013 by JB Shreve and the End of History. It was published at the height of the Eurozone debt crisis.

  • History of the European Union Part 1: The Perfect Storm – A good starting point, this episode explains why the EU is important to American listeners as well as to our global audience and what the effects of failure in the EU could mean for the global economy.
  • History of the European Union Part 2: Origin of the Idea – This episode looks at the history of the idea behind uniting Europe. The historical origins of this idea are older than most people realize. I also look at some of the leading figures that helped bring the idea into reality.

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  • History of the European Union Part 3: The Beginning – The EU takes shape in the post war era.
  • History of the European Union Part 4: The Era of French Control – In the early years of the EU the French tried  to use it as a mechanism for their own power and control in Europe.
  • History of the European Union Part 5: Growth of the European Community – The community expands and new issues are confronted in the 60s and 70s.
  • History of the European Union Part 6: Opening of the East – This episode heads into the 80s and the fall of communism.
  • History of the European Union Part 7: European Union At Last – The fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of communism meant that the union finally had the potential to be a real European Union.
  • History of the European Union Part 8: Enter the Euro – Since the founding of the European Union a common currency had always been a key objective. Now it was finally becoming a reality.
  • History of the European Union Part 9: Seeds of the Crisis – The beginnings of the EU Crisis started taking place not long after the euro came into being. JB shows the path of excess and corruption that planted the seeds of the coming storm.
  • History of the European Union Part 10: The Eurozone Crisis – Then all those seeds started coming to fruition and the world had a full blown crisis on its hands.

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  • History of the European Union Part 11: Coming Undone – The effects of the EU Crisis begin rolling across the continent like falling dominoes and pose a huge threat to the global economy.
  • History of the European Union Part 12: End of the Grand Experiment? – Is the EU doomed? In this series finale JB looks ahead to the future prospects of the EU.

You can also stream or download this entire History of the European Union podcast series on the at my SoundCloud page.

 

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This history of the European Union podcast series is part of my wider History and Backgrounder for Understanding the EU. If you have enjoyed this podcast episode please check out the larger guide for deeper insights and explanations about the European Union.