Europe's Troubled Peace 1945 to the Present

ISBN-10: 047065578X

ISBN-13: 9780470655788

Edition: 2nd 2012

Authors: Tom Buchanan

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This revised second edition offers an integrated overview of the history of Europe, East and West, now extended to cover the period from the end of the Second World War to the end of the first decade of the twenty-first century. The volume opens with a discussion of the impact of the Second World War in Europe. It then proceeds chronologically through a detailed discussion of the Cold War, the divergent histories of Eastern and Western Europe between the 1950s and the 1980s, and the moves towards integration that accelerated as the century drew to a close. The author examines the rapid and dramatic changes in Eastern Europe and the USSR that led to the end of the Cold War, and offers a new interpretation of the 1990s. The book now also reflects on the wider process of decolonization as it affects European countries dealing with issues of immigration, ethnic tension, and changing ideas about the very nature of European culture and society. A new final chapter assesses the role of Europe within the wider world of the twenty-first century, the financial crisis and the related crisis in European integration, the impact of the War on Terror on Europe, and the redefinition of Europe following EU enlargement.
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Book details

List price: $24.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Limited
Publication date: 1/20/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 332
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.902

List of Maps
List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments for the Second edition
Acknowledgments for the First edition
Introduction: Europe's Troubles
The War and its Legacy
Conquest and Occupation
Collaboration
Resistance
Liberation, 1943-1945
Neutral Europe
The Human and Physical Cost
Judgment
Conclusion
Europe between the Powers, 1945-1953
From Grand Alliance to Cold War, 1941-1947
The German Question
Marshall Aid and Economic Security
NATO and the Defense of the West
Culture and the Cold War
Conclusion
Restoration, Reconstruction, and Revolution: Europe, 1945-1950
A New Europe?
Politics in Western Europe
Western Europe: Reconstruction and Welfare
Scandinavia: Paths to Security
Southern Europe: Dictatorship and Civil War
The Soviet Union and Central and Eastern Europe
Between East and West: Finland, Austria, and Yugoslavia
Conclusion
Consolidating Western Europe, 1950-1963
Fears and Aspirations
Towards Affluence: The Economy and Social Change
From Korea to Berlin: The International Context
"No Experiments": West Germany, Britain, and Italy
France and Algeria
Social Democratic Alternatives
Conclusion
Western Europe in the 1960s
The Cultural Divide
The New Society: Economic and Social Change
The Limits to Reform: Italy, West Germany, and Britain
The Enigmatic Republic: France, 1958-1968
Revolt: Students and Workers, 1967-1969
The Persistence of Dictatorship: Spain, Portugal, and Greece
Conclusion
The Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, from 1953 to the 1970s
New Societies, Recurrent Crises
Khrushchev and de-Stalinization
The Crisis of 1956: Poland and Hungary
The Start of the Brezhnev Era
East European Alternatives: Romania, Yugoslavia, Albania
From Prague Spring to Brezhnev Doctrine
Conclusion
Western Europe in the 1970s: Downturn and D�tente
The Era of D�tente
Willy Brandt's Ostpolitik, 1969-1974
The New Economic Insecurity
West European Politics
The Rise of Terrorism, c. 1970-1981
Intellectual and Cultural Developments
Transitions: Spain, Portugal, and Greece
Conclusion
Western Europe in the 1980s: The Era of Thatcher, Mitterrand, and Kohl
Towards the Post-Industrial Society
Postmodern Cultures?
The New Cold War
Thatcher's Britain
Mitterrand's France
Helmut Kohl and West Germany
Breaking the Mold? New Political Movements
Southern Europe
Conclusion
European Integration: From Rome to Maastricht, 1957-1992
Perspectives on Integration
The Foundation of the EEC
De Gaulle and the EEC, 1958-1969
Stagnation, 1970-1984
The Single European Act and "1992"
Maastricht and After
Conclusion
The Fall of the Communist Regimes: The Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, 1980-1991
�All that is solid melts into air"
Poland and Solidarity, 1980-1981
Gorbachev and Soviet Reform, 1985-1990
1989: The Fall of Communism in Eastern Europe
German Reunification, 1989-1990
The End of the Soviet Union, 1990-1991
Conclusion
Europe after the Cold War
Building Europe?
West European Politics
Troubled Waters: Italy and Germany
Western Europe: The Economy and EMU
Post-Communism: Eastern Europe and the Former USSR
The Balkan Wars
Conclusion
Europe in the New Millennium
Diversity and Union
Memory and the "European Identity"
The "War on Terror" and the Security of Europe
West European Politics
The Politics of Intolerance
On Europe's Borders
From Financial Crisis to European Crisis
Conclusion
Notes
Guide to Further Reading
Index
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