This introduction lays out the project, explaining the interconnected, transnational histories of youth, travel, international relations, and European integration. The pattern of transnational mobility with its connections and circulations, its social relations and cultural formations, served an underappreciated integrating process for Europe in the decades following the Second World War, outside, and in some ways counter to, the more classic formulation of integration as a purely political or economic affair. In that way, it offers an alternative history of European integration that is distinct from the history of the European Union and its antedecents. The history of travel and the history of youth together show how the transnationality of postwar mobility helped shape international relations in Europe after the Second World War.
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