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Paths to a New Europe

From Premodern to Postmodern Times

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  • Provides a balanced treatment of each section of Europe, including Eastern Europe, from early modern to present times
    Gives due consideration to the wider global context
    Examines cultural traditions, socioeconomic differences and realignments of political power over the course of the centuries

About this book


The development of Europe accelerated from the middle of the seventeenth century with the formation of the nation states and the growth of empires. By the beginning of the twentieth century, European empires dominated most of the world's surface - however, the two world wars brought the continent down from its peak of power. From 1945 to 1989, Europe lost its empires and fell under the influence of the two superpowers, the USA and the USSR; but with the decline and fall of the latter, Europe has since moved towards a new unity.

Paths to a New Europe considers the development of the continent from its origins through premodern to postmodern times, and provides a balanced treatment of Europe and of its wider global setting. Within the overall division of East and West Europe, each section is given due attention and Paul Dukes shows how cultural traditions, along with socio-economic differences and realignments of political power, have evolved over the centuries, still exerting influence as Europe moves towards unity after the collapse of the Eastern bloc and the end of the Cold War.


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About the authors

PAUL DUKES is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Aberdeen. He has also held appointments with Washington, Maryland, Cornell and Auckland Universities.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Paths to a New Europe
  • Book Subtitle From Premodern to Postmodern Times
  • Authors P. Dukes
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2004
  • Publisher Name Palgrave, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4039-0248-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4039-0249-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-0-230-80206-3
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIII, 570
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Previously published under the imprint Palgrave
  • Topics European History
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