Europe in Our Time: A History 1945-1992

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"An encyclopedic amount of information is analyzed with considerable wisdom and a felicitous style."—Simon Serfaty, Johns Hopkins Univ. Laqueur presents a fascinating overview of post-war Europe, providing detailed analyses that cover every major political development, economic and social trends, and cultural movements since 1945. "An excellent work destined to become a standard text for the 90s."—Library Journal.

In Europe in Our Time eminent historian Walter Laqueur has updated his own landmark study, Europe Since Hitler, with particular emphasis on pivotal events of the last 20 years. The result is a grand and vastly readable summation of an epoch that boldly looks forward to the next century. "Destined to become a standard text for the '90s."--Library Journal.

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Library Journal
This is an excellent and timely study of postwar Europe written by one of the finest historians of our era. Comprehensive in scope, it eschews the stereotypical political and diplomatic focus common to so many surveys. Based largely on secondary sources and memoirs of leading figures, the book is divided into six parts, and includes strong sections on economic, social, and cultural developments in the West, the former Eastern bloc, and the Soviet Union. Laqueur's analyses of economic developments is particularly lucid, and should be a boon to students seeking to grasp the hydra-headed nature of today's European Community. The analytical strength of the book is further augmented by the division of its six major sections into brief chapters and by the author's clear and engaging writing style. Statistical information is also provided within the text for convenient reference. Though recent events in the Soviet Union have already dated much of the final chapters, this is an excellent work destined to become a standard text for the Nineties.-- Joseph W. Constance Jr., St. Anselm Coll. Lib., Manchester, N.H.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140139693
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/28/1993
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 640
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Walter Laqueur, a professor of history and an expert commentator on international affairs, has written and edited more than twenty-five books.

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Table of Contents



Europe Divided
The New Balance of Power: The European Vacuum
The Heritage of Fascism: The Purge of Collaborators
From War to Peace:
Britain: Labour in Power
France Liberated
Italy Divided
The Smaller Countries
Stalin's Last Years
The Sovietization of Eastern Europe
German Twilight

The Breakdown of the Wartime Alliance
The Origins of the Cold War
Toward European Cooperation
Christian Democracy and Democratic Socialism
The Rise of European Communism
Russia After Stalin


The Economic State of Europe in 1945
The Recovery of European Industry
The Surge of European Agriculture
The Transport Revolution
The Expansion of European Trade
France: Modernization and Its Discontents
The German Wirtschaftswunder
Italy: From Uncertain Beginnings to Stormy Growth
Britain: Stop-Go
Economic Development in the Rest of Europe
The Soviet Economy
The Industrialization of Eastern Europe
The Welfare State Emerges
Health and Housing
Prosperity and the New Consumerism
Leisure for All
The New Social Structures
Trade Unions: Power and Weakness
The New Managerial Class


Postwar Blues


The Two Blocs
False Dawn at Geneva
Rebellion in Eastern Europe
West-East Negotiations 195661
The Berlin Crisis
La France Seule
European Cooperation: New Initiatives
The Cuban Crisis
Polycentrism in Eastern Europe
1968: The Year of the Students' Revolt
The Invasion of Czechoslovakia
Britain: From Churchill to Heath
France: The Coming of the Fifth Republic
Germany: Adenauer and After
Italy: Opening to the Left
Spain: The End of the Franco Era
Benelux and Scandinavia
Austria and Switzerland
The Soviet Union: Khrushchev and His Successors
Eastern Europe: Between Conformity and Independence


The European Economy 197090
Social Forces: Old and New:
Ecology and the Greens
Separatism and the National Minorities
Guest Workers and New Immigrants

Germany: From the Great Coalition to Reunification
Holland and Belgium
Britain: The Thatcherite Revolution
France Since de Gaulle
Italy: Domestic Crisis and Recovery
Spain After Franco
Scandinavia: Between National Concerns and European Cooperation


The Soviet Union Under Brezhnev and Gorbachev: Decline and Reform
Stagnation in Eastern Europe
The East European Revolution


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