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Western Europe since 1945 : a political history

Author: Derek W Urwin
Publisher: London ; New York : Longman, 1989.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 4th edView all editions and formats
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An introduction to the history of Western Europe since 1945 examining the problems of reconstruction and the restoration of government, the Cold War, European co-operation, economic problems and the  Read more...

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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Urwin, Derek W.
Western Europe since 1945.
London ; New York : Longman, 1989
(OCoLC)639565263
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Derek W Urwin
ISBN: 0582495113 9780582495111 0582039398 9780582039391
OCLC Number: 18222675
Description: xii, 415 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Parameters and perspectives; the Resistance in the postwar world - the first postwar elections, the Resistance party, the purges, the federal union of Europe; problems of reconstruction; the revival of political competition; Cold War and Atlantic Alliance - American foreign policy, the role of the United Nations, the Truman doctrine, Berlin, NATO; the rebirth of Germany; integration - the postwar beginning - the Council of Europe, OEEC, the Schuman Plan; from Cold War to thaw - the Korean War, West German rearmament, military solutions - DEC, WEU and NATO; the road to Rome - the Economic Community; the death of colonialism; the golden economic summer; political stability and consensus - Conservative stability, Social Democrat stability; coalition stability; a seesaw of detente and tension - American and Soviet policies and problems, from Berlin Wall to "Ostpolitik"; what kind of Europe?; alienation and protest - 1968 and student protest, terrorism, the anti-nuclear theme, feminism, radicalism and the extreme right, peripheral nationalism, direct action and alternative expression; economic dilemmas and problems - the floating away of Bretton Woods, 1973 - recession, from Keynesianism to monetarism, crisis of the welfare state; from detente to new Cold War?; the extension of democracy in Southern Europe - revolution and democracy in Portugal, the restoration of democracy in Greece, Spain - the end of isolation; the political mosaic - a politics of uncertainty? - patterns of party politics, dilemmas of social democracy, Eurocommunism, party government; the dangerous decade - the reassertion of the United States, Soviet problems, Western European dilemmas; the enlarged community - enlargement - issues and policies, the changed institutional matrix, Britain - a European maverick?, political union; a retrospective overview.
Responsibility: Derek W. Urwin.

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