Using archival documentation from the European Commission Library, the Madrid Municipal Archive, and the World Health Organization Archives, this paper argues that despite narratives that place the origin of the European Union as solely economic, it is also necessary to consider the role of the HIV/AIDS crisis as part of the formation of the E.U. and many of those young democracies. Asking “how does collaboration cure institutions of fascism?”, through an analysis of those archives, this paper uses network analysis to demonstrate the dialectics between local organizers and growing European Community of researchers, doctors, and activists connected by new technologies and a need for information.
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