The postwar period is no longer current affairs but is becoming the recent past. As such, it is increasingly attracting the attentions of historians. Whilst the Cold War has long been a mainstay of political science and contemporary history, recent research approaches postwar Europe in many different ways, all of which are represented in the thirty-five chapters of this book. As well as diplomatic, political, institutional, economic, and social history, The Oxford Handbook of Postwar European History contains chapters which approach the past through the lenses of gender, espionage, art and architecture, technology, agriculture, heritage, postcolonialism, memory, and generational change, and shows how the history of postwar Europe can be enriched by looking to disciplines such as anthropology and philosophy.
The Handbook covers all of Europe, with a notable focus on Eastern Europe. Including subjects as diverse as the meaning of 'Europe' and European identity, southern Europe after dictatorship, the cultural meanings of the bomb, the 1968 student uprisings, immigration, Americanization, welfare, leisure, decolonization, the Wars of Yugoslav Succession, and coming to terms with the Nazi past, the essays in this Handbook offer an unparalleled coverage of postwar European history that offers far more than the standard Cold War framework. Readers will find self-contained, state-of-the-art analyses of major subjects, each written by an acknowledged expert, as well as stimulating and novel approaches to newer topics. Combining empirical rigour and adventurous conceptual analysis, this Handbook offers in one substantial volume a guide to the numerous ways in which historians are now rewriting the history of postwar Europe.
a fascinating and well-informed read ... a useful resource for years to come. * Martijn Lak, European History Quarterly *
essential reading for specialists and their students * Mark Smith, Reviews in History *
This is a handbook in very best sense of the word. Stone has succeeded in producing an aide that is meant inspire scholars rather than merely inform them. I recommend that all who work in the area have a copy within arms' reach. * Nicholas Doumanis, Australian Journal of Politics and History *
With this volume Dan Stone has added to the formidable roster of high-quality and cutting-edge edited volumes that he has to his credit; it is essential reading for historians of post-war Europe. * Patrick Finney, The International History Review *
List of Contributors
Dan Stone: Editor's Introduction: Postwar Europe as History
PART I: WHAT IS POSTWAR EUROPE?
1: Geoff Eley: Corporatism and the Social Democratic Moment: The Postwar Settlement, 1945-1973
2: Richard Overy: Interwar, War, Postwar: Was There a Zero Hour in 1945?
3: Catherine Lee and Robert Bideleux: East, West, and the Return of 'Central': Borders Drawn and Redrawn
4: Luiza Bialasiewicz: Spectres of Europe: Europes Past, Present and Future
5: Luisa Passerini: Europe and Its Others. Is There a European Identity?
PART II: PEOPLE
6: Philipp Ther: Ethnic Cleansing
7: Dan Stone: Responding to 'Order Without Life'? Living under Communism
8: Philipp Gassert: The Spectre of Americanization: Western Europe in the American Century
9: Stephen Castles: Immigration and Asylum: Challenges to European Identities and Citizenship
10: Uli Linke: Gendering Europe, Europeanizing Gender: The Politics of Difference in a Global Era
11: Martn Klimke: 1968: Europe in Technicolour
PART III: BLOCS, PARTIES, POLITICAL POWER12: Mark Pittaway: Making Postwar Communism
13: Jussi M. Hanhimäki: Europe's Cold War
14: Ido De Haan: The Western European Welfare State beyond Christian and Social Democratic Ideology
15: Douglas Selvedge: The Truth about Friendship Treaties: Behind the Iron Curtain
PART IV: RE-CONSTRUCTION: STARTING AFRESH OR REBUILDING THE OLD?
16: Leopoldo Nuti: A Continent Bristling with Arms: Continuity and Change in Western European Security Policies after the Second World War
17: Gianni Toniolo and Nick Crafts: 'Les trente glorieuses': From the Marshall Plan to the Oil Crises
18: Robert Bideleux: European Integration: The Rescue of the Nation State?
19: Ivan T. Berend: A Restructured Economy: From the Oil Crisis to the Financial Crisis, 1973-2009
20: Rosemary Wakeman: Veblen Redivivus: Leisure and Excess in Europe
PART V: FEAR
21: P. D. Smith: 'Gentlemen, You are Mad!' Mutual Assured Destruction and Cold War Culture
22: Vladimir Tismaneanu: What Was National Stalinism?
23: Martin Evans: Colonial Fantasies Shattered
24: Helen Graham and Alejandro Quiroga: After the Fear Was Over? What Came after Dictatorships in Spain, Greece, and Portugal
25: Michael Shafir: What Comes after Communism?
26: Cathie Carmichael: Brothers, Strangers and Enemies: Ethno-nationalism and the Demise of Communist Yugoslavia
PART VI: CULTURE AND HISTORY
27: Hugh D. Clout: The Countryside: Toward a Theme Park?
28: Brian Graham and G. J. Ashworth: Heritage and the Reconceptualization of the Postwar European City
29: Robert J. C. Young: The Postcolonial Condition
30: Stefan Muthesius: Postwar Art, Architecture, and Design
31: Andrew Jamison: Science and Technology in Postwar Europe
32: Ib Bondebjerg: Images of Europe - European Images: Postwar European Cinema and Television Culture
PART VII: COMING TO TERMS WITH THE WAR
33: Samuel Moyn: Intellectuals and Nazism
34: Roger Markwick: The Great Patriotic War in Soviet and Post-Soviet Collective Memory
35: Dan Stone: Memory Wars in the 'New Europe'
Series: Oxford Handbooks
Number Of Pages: 832
Published: 5th July 2012
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.8 x 18.2
Weight (kg): 1.53