© 2002

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.


20. Jahrhundert 20th century empire Europe European history France Germany history nation

Editors and affiliations

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

About the editors

DAVID ELLWOOD Associate Professor in Contemporary International History, University of Bologna NIALL FERGUSON Professor of Political and Financial History, Jesus College, Oxford PAUL FURLONG Professor of European Studies and Head of the School of European Studies, Cardiff University STEPHEN GUNDLE Senior Lecturer and Head of the Department of Italian, Royal Holloway College, University of London DOUGLAS JOHNSON Emeritus Professor of French History, University College London ROBERT LUMLEY Reader in Italian Cultural History, University College London CHARLES MAIER Director of the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies and Krupp Foundation Professor of European Studies, University of Harvard PAOLO POMBENI Professor and Chair of the Department of History, Public Law and Political Science, University of Bologna CAROLA SACHSE Research Director, Max Planck Institute, Berlin CHRISTOPHER SETON-WATSON Emeritus Fellow, Oriel College, Oxford CHRIS WARNE Lecturer in French, School of European Studies, University of Sussex

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Three Postwar Eras in Comparison
  • Book Subtitle Western Europe 1918–1945–1989
  • Editors C. Levy
    M. Roseman
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2002
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-333-72103-2
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-40489-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-0-230-29413-4
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 306
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics European History
    Modern History
    International Relations
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