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Contemporary European Politics A Comparative Perspective

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ISBN-10: 0534577768

ISBN-13: 9780534577766

Edition: 2007

Authors: Thomas M. Magstadt

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A solid understanding of post-Cold War Europe is essential for students to comprehend the changing global order and the challenges that the United States will face in the years ahead. As American relations with Europe change, it is imperative for students to grasp that the future will be shaped by traditional diplomacy and a mutual awareness of shared interests, rather than a preoccupation with military-strategic threats ? and that in this emerging relationship, knowledge is power. CONTEMPORARY EUROPEAN POLITICS has two main purposes: to examine current issues and trends within key European nation-states, and to look at Europe's progress toward a goal?building an "ever closer union"?that is…    
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List price: $150.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 2/27/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

Thomas Magstadt earned his doctorate at the Johns Hopkins Schools of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He is the author NATIONS AND GOVERNMENTS: COMPARATIVE POLITICS IN REGIONAL PERSPECTIVE, Sixth Edition, (Wadsworth Publishing, 2011), and AN EMPIRE IF YOU CAN KEEP IT: POWER AND PRINCIPLE IN AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY (CQ Press, 2004). He has also published numerous journal articles, policy papers, and op-ed pieces, and is a regular contributor to Nation of Change, an on-line daily newspaper. He has chaired political science departments at Augustana College (Sioux Falls) and the University of Nebraska (Kearney), and has taught at the Thunderbird School, the Air War College, and the…    

The European Dilemma: Unity or Diversity
What is Europe? Civilization, Culture, and Identity
Europe's Dark Side: War and Tyranny
War and Revolution: An Ambiguous Legacy
Postwar Europe
Summary and Conclusions
Established Democracies
Western Europe: Divergent Paths to the Modern State
Overview
Case Studies: The United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain
Politics in Western Europe: Triumph of Constitutional Democracy
Overview
Miraculous Recovery, Postmodern Malaise
Case Studies: Britain, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain
Western Europe Today: Democracy in Postmodern Societies
Overview
The Downside of Modernity
Welfare States: Broken and Beyond Repair? The Bumpy Road Ahead
Britain: The Great Dilemma
France: Model or Relic? Germany: Beyond Unification, What? Italy: Reform or Relapse? Spain: Nation of Region or Region of Nations? Summary and Conclusions
Emerging Democracies
Eastern Europe: The Slavic
Overview
Slavic Europe
The Imprint of History
The Origins of Soviet Totalitarianism
The Cold War Era (1945-1991)
Ideology and Political Culture
Eastern Europe Before
Slavic But Not Russian: Poland, Ukraine, Czechoslovakia, and Yugoslavia
Summary and Conclusions
Politics in Eastern Europe: Blending the Old and the New
Overview
The Legacy of Soviet Communism
Postcommunist Russia
Eastern Europe: From Stalinism to Pluralism
Case Studies: Poland, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Serbia (formerly Yugoslavia)
Summary and Conclusions
Eastern Europe Today: The Long (But Wide Open) Road West
Overview
Russia: Neither East Nor West
Eastern Europe: Heading West
Poland: The Shock Treatment
Ukraine: Geography Is Destiny?Or Maybe Not? Czech Republic: Challenges Ahead
Serbia (formerly Yugoslavia): Rejecting Dictatorship
Summary and Conclusions
The European Union
Beyond East and West: What is Europe? Overview
What Makes Europeans European
Summary and Conclusions
The United States Of Europe: Inevitable or Impossible? Overview
Becoming Europe: The EU as Catalyst
The Mother of All Treaties: The European Constitution
Is Europe Weak? Summary and Conclusions
Index