Europe Today: National Politics, European Integration, and European Security / Edition 2

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This engaging new text is a true post-Cold War enterprise. The contributors, an authoritative group of Americans and Europeans, explore the new Europe-West and East - using intertwining themes of domestic politics, European integration, and European security. The chapters-divided into country, institutional, and thematic sections - are both student and teacher friendly: clearly written, engaging, and tailored for classroom discussion. Each chapter provides necessary basic information and explanations, enhanced by an accessible and distinctive perspective on concepts and current debates.
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Editorial Reviews

H-German
The essays in Europe Today are well written and often stimulating...those teaching about contemporary Europe will find it a very useful work to have on their bookshelves.
Booknews
A textbook for an introductory course on the comparative politics of the continent. The focus is on the continuing though incomplete integration of Europe and the situation after the revolutions of the 1980s and 1990s, rather than the Cold War foundation of most earlier texts. Exposes students not only to Europe, but also to the concepts and practices of comparative politics. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)
Perspectives on Political Science
A very useful text, and not only for its principal audience.
Political Studies Review
Given the caliber of the contributors and the refreshingly accessible nature of the individual chapters, this edited volume should prove of considerable value to teachers and students of European studies.
Journal Of Strategic Studies
The variety of emphasis are hoped to encourage classroom discussion—an elegant reconciliation of educational merits with the difficulty of disciplining brilliant collaborators. Different and provoking approaches could also invite teachers to apply 'the good and fine art' of teaching against the text. The general tenor is realistic, without euphoric expectations. The primary quality of Europe Today as an American college textbook in international relations, in the essential context of national policies and interests, should not obscure its importance also for readers outside its primary target groups.
Perspectives On Political Science
A very useful text, and not only for its principal audience.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742528048
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/15/2004
  • Series: Europe Today Series
  • Edition description: 2nd Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 536
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Ronald Tiersky is Eastman Professor of Politics at Amherst College.
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Table of Contents

Preface to the second edition
Map of Europe
Timeline of events leading to the current state of the European Union
1 Europe : international crisis and the future of integration 3
2 The European Union : from community to constitution 21
3 European monetary union and the problem of macroeconomic governance 59
4 NATO : European security and beyond? 89
5 EU enlargement : the return to Europe 119
6 Keep out! protectionism, migration control, and globalization 145
7 The making of a supranational rule of law : the battle for supremacy 177
8 Unified Germany : the desire for stability and the need for change 211
9 France : ending the Gaullist era? 251
10 Britain : in and out of Europe? 297
11 Italy : a society in search of a state 345
12 Spain : "middle power" or "major player"? 385
13 Scandinavia : still the middle way? 409
14 Poland : breaking multiple barriers 455
Glossary 487
Index 493
About the contributors 513
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