Three Post-War Eras in Comparison : Western Europe 1918-1945-1989

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  • Copyright: 2002-02-23
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

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Three times in the 20th century--in 1918, 1945, and again in 1989--Europe was confronted with major questions of restructuring and rebuilding. But can Europe's development be organized into postwar eras? Why was the period 1945-1989 so much more stable and prosperous than 1918-1939? Has the end of the cold war changed the basis of the post-1945 settlement? This comparative collection offers some unique insights into these questions.

Author Biography

Carl Levy is Senior Lecturer in European Politics in the Department of Social Policy and Politics at Goldsmiths College, University of London.

Mark Roseman is Professor of Modern History at the University of Southampton.

Table of Contents

List of Tables
List of Figures
Acknowledgements ix
Notes on Contributors x
1918-1945-1989: The Making and Unmaking of Stable Societies in Western Europe
Carl Levy
Part I: The International Context for National Stabilization: 1918-1945-1989 39(58)
Empires or Nations? 1918, 1945, 1989...
Charles Maier
America as a European Power: Four Dimensions of the Transatlantic Relationship: 1945 to the Late 1990s
David Ellwood
The Nationalist Challenge to Stability in Eastern and Central Europe: 1918-1945-1989
Christopher Seton-Watson
Part II: The Domestic Processes of Stabilization
A. The Economics of Stabilization: 1918-1945-1989 97(52)
Public Debt as a Postwar Problem: The German Experience after 1918 in Comparative Perspective
Niall Ferguson
Stabilizing Italy: 1945-1989
Paul Furlong
B. Creating the Consumer Society: 1920s-1950s 149(48)
Visions of Prosperity: Consumerism and Popular Culture in Italy from the 1920s to the 1950s
Stephen Gundle
Rationalizing Family Life - Stabilizing German Society: The `Golden Twenties' and the `Economic Miracle' in Comparison
Carola Sachse
C. Between Post-Materialism and the End of the Cold War 197(38)
1968/1989: Social Movements in Italy Reconsidered
Robert Lumley
The Youth Question: Generations, Stability and Social Change in France since 1945
Chris Warne
Part III: Political Frameworks Across the Three Postwar Eras 235(62)
France's German Question, 1918-1945-1989
Douglas Johnson
Defeat and Stability: 1918, 1945 and 1989 in Germany
Mark Roseman
The Roots of the Italian Political Crisis: A View from History, 1918, 1945, 1989...and After
Paolo Pombeni
Index 297

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