The Industrialized World

The World Today Part I


The European Union

Several national flags stand outside tall, glass-paneled buildings.

The EU brings together 28 European nations
in one cooperative body. What are the benefits
of economic cooperation?

Why do nations form alliances, sign treaties, and join together as other bodies and organizations? Just as you might join a club or a team to gain some benefit or enjoyment, nations join together to gain economic, political, or military benefits. The European Union is the latest international body to promote greater European unity. This movement started after World War II and, over the last 60 years, has been known as the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC), the European Economic Community (EEC), and the European Union (EU).

Access Topic 21: The World Today, Lesson 5: The Industrialized World in World History. Read A New Europe. As you read, make note of the ways in which the EU binds European nations together. What is the purpose of the body? What other organization links several European nations, and to what end?

Select the link to access the Evolution of the European Union Interactive Map from the Realize™ website. To better understand the evolution of the EU, investigate the options on the map to learn how the EU evolved from earlier cooperative bodies. Then answer the following question: European unification is a complicated development. What are some possible positives for member nations? What are some possible negatives?

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