Explorations in OEEC History

Richard T. Griffiths
Release Date: July 1, 1997

Fifty years after it was launched, the Marshall Plan remains a major event of post World War II history. But what did it actually do for European reconstruction? To commemorate the opening of its historical archives to the public and their deposit at the European University Institute (EUI), the OECD invited a group of EUI historians to analyze the role played by the Marshall Plan and the Organization for European Economic Cooperation (OEEC) in the economic recovery of Europe.

This book examines the major moments punctuating OEEC history from the original offer of Marshall Aid in 1947 to the decision to create the OECD in 1960. It offers a history of the European economic reconstruction and contributes to discussions on models of cooperation favoring economic development, trade liberalization, and world economic integration.

The contributors are Wendy Asbeek Brusse, Daniel Barbezat, Bent Boel, Eric Bloemen, Corso Boccia, Monika Dickhaus, David Ellwood, Francesca Fauri, Brian Girvin, Johnny Laursen, Mikael af Malmborg, Helge Pharo, Paul Pitman, Rik Schreurs, Vibeke Sorensen, and Fritz Weber.