Continuity and Change in Contemporary Europe

Focusing on recent events in Eastern and Western Europe, this text shows that the golden age expected from the collapse of the Berlin wall and the Cold War has yet to materialize. Possibly due to long term historical problems, the book examines the broader international and institutional context by tracing the interplay of past continuities and present day changes. The authors cover the post-war status quo of Cold War, economic and social growth and attempts at European integration; perestroika and glasnost, and the revolutions in Eastern Europe; the new developments of the 1980s with the surge in Western European integration;and the problems of the 1990s, in the European Union, inside the states of Europe, and insecurity and international affairs.