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The Rebirth of Europe - Elizabeth Pond

The Rebirth of Europe

Paperback Published: 26th June 2002
ISBN: 9780815771593
Number Of Pages: 322

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This revised and updated paperback edition covers the introduction of the euro, the fall of Milosevic, and the impact of September 11 in European integration. The rejuvenation of Europe as a totalitarian century ends and a global century begins is a remarkable story. This book brings together the three dynamics of Europe's position at this extraordinary moment: European monetary union, the deepening of intra-EU cooperation, and the widening of the EU and NATO to take in central European members. It looks at the broad political and policy implications of EMU and shows how the United States views this integration. Elizabeth Pond, a longtime observer of events in Europe and Russia, sees these developments as the beginning of a new postnational European system that is replacing the centuries-old nation-state system. She shows how belligerence and anarchy have faded away on the European continent as compulsory cold war cooperation becomes a habit and as French-German reconciliation becomes the pattern for reconciliation between other old enemies. She follows NATO's transformation into a reluctant peacemaker in Bosnia and the United States' decision to remain a European power. She describes the leap of faith needed to create European monetary union and charts the magnetic attraction of both NATO and the EU in shaping the democratic, economic, and social revolutions in central Europe. She warns about the strains that will face the transatlantic relationship when the euro is on a par with the dollar as a reserve currency. And she concludes by agreeing with former Polish foreign minister Wladyslaw Barteszewski that we are witnessing, after the original birth of European consciousness amillennium ago, the rebirth of Europe.

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"A shrewd observer of Germany and eastern Europe, Pond has presented an informative overview of European affairs since 1989... an eminently readable account. " -- Foreign Affairs "A detailed and relentless focus for students of international relations who want to debate whether Europe is darkening, or brightening. " -- Christian Science Monitor "Written with gusto and a suggestive style... This book is to be highly recommended to anyone looking for arguments based on hard facts that endorse the option of creating an increasingly strong framework for the European Union. " -- International Affairs "Veteran journalist Elizabeth Pond... sees a Europe that is doing well at overcoming 'impulses of nationalism, habit, and fear.' The Rebirth of Europe provides a thoughtful, fundamentally optimistic appraisal of the continent's prospects. " -- Dallas Morning News "An important and well-written guide to the new Europe. " -- Survival "This is the sequel to Elizabeth Pond's superb book about German unification, Beyond the Wall. It continues the story of solution of the age-old 'German problem' to portray the ongoing healing of a divided Europe. " --Richard Holbrooke, Former U.S. ambassador to the U.N. and former U.S. ambassador to Germany

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Glossary of Abbreviations and Termsp. xvii
Images of Europep. 1
Escape from Historyp. 5
Europe's Miraclesp. 10
American Skepticismp. 13
Birth Pangs and Birthp. 15
Prologue I: The Fall of the Wallp. 20
The French-German Tandemp. 25
The EC and the Single Marketp. 27
Prologue II: Maastrichtp. 35
The Conferencep. 40
The Hangover, 1992-93p. 46
Post-Cold War NATOp. 51
The U.S. Engagementp. 51
Bosniap. 55
Poland and Enlargementp. 60
Ukraine and Other Neighborsp. 67
NATO-EU Synergyp. 72
Present at the Second Creation: European Monetary Unionp. 77
Crisis, 1994p. 77
Multispeed Europep. 79
EMU as an Enginep. 88
Present at the Rebirth: Poland and Central Europep. 105
Extraordinary Politicsp. 106
The Turnaroundp. 110
Ordinary Politicsp. 113
Catholics, Europe, and Jewsp. 118
NATO and the European Unionp. 125
Absent at the Rebirth: The Eastern Slavsp. 135
Time of Troublesp. 135
The Chasm between the Poles and the Eastern Slavsp. 138
The Ukrainian Examplep. 141
The Death of Reformp. 146
2001p. 152
EU "Domestic" Policyp. 158
EMUp. 162
Germany, France, and Britainp. 174
Deepeningp. 184
EU Foreign Policyp. 193
The Kosovo Harbingerp. 198
Common European Security and Defense Policyp. 211
Russiap. 217
Transatlantic Relations Todayp. 219
Epiloguep. 227
Notesp. 231
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 290
Intervieweesp. 306
Indexp. 321
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ISBN: 9780815771593
ISBN-10: 0815771592
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 322
Published: 26th June 2002
Publisher: Brookings Institution
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.48
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised