This Anvil book is an outline of the various attempts which have been made since the mid-1920s to form a European union as an alternative to the conflict-ridden concept of the national state. The
account treats Hitler's effort through conquest to force a united Europe under the control of Nazi Germany and the subsequent cooperation among other European countries that helped to defeat him. Postwar attempts at
unity such as the Marshall Plan, the OEEC, Benelux, and the Pleven Plan are described, as are some of the key figures involved.