Book — xii, 733 pages, 48 unnumbered pages of plates : maps, illustrations, portraits ; 26 cm
Part 1 The state of Europe -
1945: the tread of war-- politics and economic conditions.
Part 2 Politics in the Atlantic community: political culture-- parties and politicians.
Part 3 External relations and defense: the Cold War continues-- Western European Association and the Atlantic community-- the North Atlantic Treaty Organization-- cultural, diplomatic and organizational aspects of international relations-- decolonization.
Part 4 The shaping of society: economic development-- social development in the Atlantic community.
Part 5 Thought and culture: education-- science and technology-- the arts-- religion-- conclusion.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)
The years following World War II witnessed perhaps the greatest success story in Western history the economic and political recovery of European democracies that had been devastated by the cataclysmic war. Peter Duignan and L.H. Gann convincingly demonstrate that the deep involvement of the United States was a key factor in this success. The Rebirth of the West is a broad, narrative analysis of every important aspect of Western society during this formative period political, economic, social, cultural, and scientific. In addition to providing an interpretive synthesis of the vast literature on the subject, the authors make an important and original contribution to both the historical record of this period and current debates over the future of Europe.". (source: Nielsen Book Data)
When World War II ended, Europe lay prostrate. Millions had been killed; tens of millions more were destitute or had fled. Hunger, deprivation, misery and hatred characterized the continent. Acute economic, political and social problems seemed insoluable. Yet the years following World War II witnessed perhaps the greatest success story in Western history - the European democracies recovered in a series of economic miracles. Apart from the determination of the peoples themselves, a key factor in the success was the deep involvement of the United States. The US provided dollars and ideas and profoundly influenced education, research, technology, business and art. Europe in effect was partially Americanized. This book is a broad, narrative account of western society during this extraordinary and formative period - political, economic, social, cultural, and scientific - and shows how each is interlinked. In addition to providing an interpretive synthesis of the vast literature on the subject, the authors make an original contribution both to the history of present times, and to the continuing debate about the future of the Western world. (source: Nielsen Book Data)