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The Conservative Human Rights RevolutionEuropean Identity, Transnational Politics, and the Origins of the European Convention$
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Marco Duranti

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780199811380

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199811380.001.0001

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The Ethical Foundations of European Integration

The Ethical Foundations of European Integration

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(p.345) 9 The Ethical Foundations of European Integration
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The Conservative Human Rights Revolution
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Marco Duranti

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199811380.003.0010

This chapter compares the technocratic and romantic dimensions of the postwar European project. At the end of the Second World War, the ceding of sovereignty to a new European organization of states did not have broad appeal. For this reason, Winston Churchill conceived of European integration as a cultural and ethical project as much as an economic and political one. The ascendancy of supranationalism was to be a function of conservative memory culture, not just technical innovations, for overcoming the grim realities of the present required the elaboration of a grand civilizational narrative oriented toward an idealized past.

Keywords:   conservatism, European identity, European integration, ECHR, European Convention on Human Rights, human rights, history and memory, internationalism, romanticism, Winston Churchill

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