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The Schuman Plan: a Study in Economic Cooperation, 1950-1959
The Schuman Plan: a Study in Economic Cooperation, 1950-1959
By William Diebold, Jr
Praeger (for the Council on Foreign Relations), 1959, 750 pp.

When Robert Schuman proposed in May 1950 that the coal and steel of France and Germany should be pooled, his statement aroused extreme hopes and fears and some incredulity. The European Coal and Steel Community that resulted has altered economic and political relations among the six participating countries and between them and the rest of the world. After examining why the Schuman Plan took hold, this book traces in some detail just what has been done about trade barriers, transportation, prices, cartels and many other matters. It examines the interplay of business, labor, governments and the organs of the new Community and appraises its strengths and weaknesses.