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  • Date Published: May 2010
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521112406

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  • This book tells the dramatic story of the economic, social, political, and cultural transformation of Europe during the transition from the Cold War to the European Union. Ivan Berend charts, in particular, the overwhelming impact of the collapse of communism on every aspect of European life. Europe became safer and more united, and Central and Eastern Europe started on the difficult road to economic modernization. However, the western half of Europe also changed. European integration gained momentum. The single market and the common currency were introduced, and the Union enlarged from nine to twenty-seven countries. This period also saw a revolution in information and communication technology, the increasing impact of globalization and the radical restructuring of the political system. The book explores the impact of all of these changes as well as the new challenges posed by the economic crisis of 2008–9 and asks which way now for Europe?

    • Charts a period of dramatic economic, political, and cultural changes in both eastern and western Europe
    • Examines possible future developments for Europe following the unification of a previously strongly divided continent and the economic crisis of 2008–9
    • Will appeal to students of the European Union, post-war and contemporary Europe, European political economy, and the economics of contemporary Europe
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "This important book is contemporary economic history as it should be written. Against a triple background of central European, communist-era and US experience, Ivan Berend displays and critically analyses the situation and prospects of Europe, especially since the integration of the ex-communist states. He does so with his unique combination of information, lucidity, realism and sweeping historical perspective. One cannot fail to learn from, and sometimes to be surprised by, this coolly comparative diagnosis of Europe's problems." -Eric Hobsbawm, Birkbeck College, University of London

    "Few historians have such an excellent grasp as Ivan T. Berend of Europe's most recent economic, social and political history. This is a major and easily accessible contribution to our understanding of Europe's transition from a divided to an integrated, albeit still fragmented continent." -Wolfram Kaiser, University of Portsmouth

    “A book like this, which surveys the most recent thirty years of European history, is long overdue. Berend is cautiously optimistic about the future of eastern Europe; guarded about the prospect of progress toward a federal union - though supportive of the effort; acutely aware that in a coming age likely to be increasingly shaped by India and China Europe’s world power will wane; and, finally, confident that, as in the past, Europe will manage to cope with the big challenges that loom ahead.” -John Gillingham, University of Missouri, St Louis

    "In this compact book, Ivan T. Berend provides a valuable introduction to the important issues that have come to define contemporary Europe." -Lawrence H. Davis, Canadian Journal of History

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2010
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521112406
    • length: 346 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 156 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.68kg
    • contains: 25 b/w illus. 4 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Europe approaches the 1980s: the dual crises (1968–1980)
    2. The end of 'Two Europes' and European integration
    3. The new cultural and political setting
    4. The economic response to globalization. Recovery and growth. The integration of eastern and western Europe
    5. Dramatic demographic and social changes, consumerism and the welfare state
    Epilogue. Quo vadis Europa?

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • 20th Century Europe
    • 20th Century European History
    • Comparative Politics of Industrialized Societies
    • Uses of History in International Affairs
    • World Civilizations ll
  • Author

    Ivan T. Berend, University of California, Los Angeles
    Ivan T. Berend is Distinguished Professor of History at the University of California, Los Angeles and member of the British Academy and six European Academies of Sciences. His numerous publications include From the Soviet Bloc to the European Union (2009), An Economic History of Twentieth Century Europe (2006) and History Derailed: Central and Eastern Europe in the 'Long' Nineteenth Century (2003).

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