Three Postwar Eras in Comparison

Western Europe 1918–1945–1989

  • Carl Levy
  • Mark Roseman

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. 1918–1945–1989: The Making and Unmaking of Stable Societies in Western Europe

  3. The International Context for National Stabilization: 1918–1945–1989

  4. The Domestic Processes of Stabilization

  5. Political Frameworks Across the Three Postwar Eras

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 297-306

About this book


A brief glance at twentieth century European history would suggest that wars and their aftermath produced the major turning points in its development. Three times - in 1918, 1945 and again in 1989 - Europe was confronted with major questions of restructuring and rebuilding. But can we really divide Europe's development into neat postwar eras? Why was the period 1945-1989 so much more stable and prosperous than 1918-1939? Has the end of the cold war changed the basis of the post-1945 settlement? This comparative collection offers some unique insights into these questions.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Carl Levy
    • 1
  • Mark Roseman
    • 2
  1. 1.Goldsmiths CollegeUniversity of LondonUK
  2. 2.University of SouthamptonUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2002
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-40489-6
  • Online ISBN 978-0-230-29413-4
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