Contemporary Europe


This fully revised third edition provides a wide-ranging introduction to political, economic and social life across the whole continent. Ideal for students new to the subject, this popular text stimulates fresh thinking on issues and debates.

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This fully revised third edition provides a wide-ranging introduction to political, economic and social life across the whole continent. Ideal for students new to the subject, this popular text stimulates fresh thinking on issues and debates.

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"The book offers a very clear introduction to a wide variety of important themes concerning the development of Europe over the past decade, with an excellent balance between general material and illustrative, detailed case studies." - Dr John Greenaway, Senior Lecturer, University of East Anglia, UK

"The second edition is even better than the first - a really comprehensive approach to the whole of Europe from social, political, economic and cultural perspectives, at an analytical level that postgraduate students will appreciate while being fully accessible to new undergraduates." - June Burnham, Senior Lecturer in European Government, Middlesex University, UK

An introductory text designed to help students understand major issues in contemporary European development, focusing equally on Eastern and Western Europe. Material is accessible yet in-depth and aims to inspire students to further study. Early chapters offer an overview and historical background, and later chapters examine issues of nationalism and globalization, social structure, political participation, government, and the EU. Other areas covered include the challenge of the East, European security, and culture. Sakwa teaches Russian and European politics at the University of Kent. Stevens teaches European studies at Aston University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230282896
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 5/8/2012
  • Series: Palgrave Foundations Series
  • Edition description: Third Edition,Revised Edition,3rd edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

RICHARD SAKWA is Professor of Russian and European Politics at the University of Kent. He has published widely on Soviet and Russian affairs and his research interests focus on problems of democratic development in Russia, the nature of post-communism, and the global challenges facing the former communist countries

ANNE STEVENS is Emeritus Professor of European Studies atAston University. She has a particular interest in the relationship between politics and administration. She is the author of Government and Politics of France (Palgrave Macmillan, 2003) and of Women, Power and Politics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007)

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Many Dimensions of Europe
Historical Background
Towards One Europe?
The European Union: The Challenge of Success
Government and Politics
Political Participation in Europe
Social Structure
The European Economy
Regions and Regional Politics in Europe
European Security
The Cultural Dimension

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