Europe's Long Century Society, Politics, and Culture, 1945-Present

ISBN-10: 0199778523
ISBN-13: 9780199778522
Edition: 2012
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Book details

Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.320
Language: English

The twentieth century has been interpreted as a short century marked by extremes. According to this view, the century lasted only from 1914 to 1989 or 1991. These dates coincide with the rise and fall of communism that came to power in Russia in 1917 and ended with the fall of the Berlin wall (1989) or that of the Soviet Union (1991). Thus, the concept of a short century is unduly influenced by a Cold War perspective. InEurope's Long Century, Spencer Di Scala presents an alternative view that will be more helpful to undergraduate history students in the twenty-first-century: namely, that twentieth century Europe was actually a "long" century lasting approximately from 1900 to 2000 with patterns and antecedents discernible before the century began and that continue to be elaborated today.Comprehensive, current, and affordable,Europe's Long Centuryintegrates the histories of Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, and the Balkans that are often neglected in similar treatments. It also thoroughly covers the role of science in shaping modern European life, and the book's "biographical sketches" profile the lives of important--though not always well known--people who influenced Europe's long century.

Preface
Acknowledgments
About the Author
Introduction
List of Abbreviations
Dual Europe
Making Postwar Europe
Closing the Gap on World War II?
Soviet Dominance in the East
The West: American Influence
The Cold War
Bibliographical Essay
Biographical Sketches
Klement Gottwald, Stalinist
Josip Broz Tito, Communist Nationalist
Economic Integration and Political Stabilization in the West
Defense Mechanisms
Economic Integration
The Community: New Europe's Core
Associated Countries
Bibliographical Essay
Biographical Sketches
Jean Monnet, Cognac and Europe
Konrad Adenauer, Senior Statesman
Failure of EFTA and Expansion of the European Community
EFTA
Characteristics of the Seven
The Disappearing Periphery
Bibliographical Essay
Biographical Sketches
James Harold Wilson, Reluctant European
Kurt Waldheim, Austria in the Dock
Decolonization
Origins of Decolonization
Death by War
Failed Transformations
Bibliographical Essay
Biographical Sketches
Frantz Fanon, Language, Peasants, and Revolution
Stalinism and "Actually Existing Socialism"
Guiding Principles
The East European Revolution
Stalinism in Eastern Europe
"Actually Existing Socialism" in the USSR
Bibliographical Essay
Biographical Sketches
Georgi Dimitrov, Master in Ideology
Ana Rabinovici Pauker, Communist Nonperson
De-Stalinization and Destabilization
Stalin's Successors
Destabilization in Eastern Europe
Khrushchev's Dilemma
Restricted Decentralization
Bibliographical Essay
Biographical Sketches
Nikita Sergeievich Khrushchev, Peasant Wit
Alexander Dubcek, Brief Spring
The Shifting Economic Framework and Political Change in the West
Economic Quandaries
The Thatcher Era in Britain
Mitterrand's "Unintended Revolution"
Italy's Triple Revolution
Keeping the Balance in Germany
Meeting the Challenge
Bibliographical Essay
Biographical Sketches
Margaret Hilda Roberts Thatcher, No Interpreter Needed
Fran�ois Maurice Adrien Marie Mitterrand, "A Very Good Dancer"
Cultural Change and Extremism in the West
Expanding Opportunities and Growing Protest
Discontent in the West
Bibliographical Essay
Biographical Sketches
Mara Cagol, Cofounder, Red Brigades
Simone Lucie Ernestine Marie Bertrand de Beauvoir, Philosopher-Feminist
Continuity and Change
Scandinavian Social Democracy
Central Europe
The Lesser-Developed Countries
European Union: The Acceleration of History
Bibliographical Essay
Biographical Sketches
Joerg Haider, Embarrassment or Admonition?
Andreas Papandreou, Democratic Fighter
Evolution of Society
Postwar Society
The Changing Family
Immigration
Bibliographical Essay
Biographical Sketches
John XXIII, "The Good Pope"
Boris Pasternak, Doctor Zhivago
Cultural Dimensions
Science and Technology
European Culture
Euromarxism
Bibliographical Essay
Biographical Sketches
Jean-Paul Sartre, Model of an Intellectual
Arcangela Felice Assunta Wertm�ller von Elgg Spanol von Braucich, Outrageous!
Stagnation and Failed Reform in the East
Stagnation in the Soviet Union
Beginning the End: Poland
Mikhail Gorbachev's Failed Revolution
Bibliographical Essay
Biographical Sketches
Andrei Dmitrievich Sakharov, "Our Regime Resembles A Cancer Cell"
Nicolae Ceausescu, Gigantomania
The Collapse of Communism
Why the Dominoes Fell
The Process of Collapse I: Implosion
The Process of Collapse II: Explosion
The Process of Collapse III: Russia versus the Soviet Union
Bibliographical Essay
Biographical Sketches
V�clav Havel, Velvet Revolution
Boris Nikolayevich Yeltsin, Maverick
Europe in a Global Age: Problems and Prospects
The New Germany
The New Russia
The Balkan and Southeastern Hot Spots
Unfinished Business
The European Union's March
The Larger East European Economies and the EU
What Is Europe?
Bibliographical Essay
Biographical Sketches
Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, Dark Horse and White Poodle
Anthony Charles Lynton Blair, "The Modernizer"
Image Sources and Credits
Index

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