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In this volume, experts grapple with one of the great mysteries of modern economic history: Italy’s erratic growth.
Steinberg argues that the recent focus of Islamist terrorists on U.S. and European targets -- rather than, say, Saudi Arabian and Egyptian ones -- is a response to Western overreaction to 9/11.
By personalizing European politics, both of these books obscure the real policy tradeoffs that Germany and the other EU countries face today. The polarization the two books illustrate is itself one of the main challenges Merkel faces in realizing any vision for Europe’s future.
Van Middelaar suggests that diplomats, lawyers, bureaucrats, and politicians deepen their cooperation across borders and impose centralized democratic practices on Europe from the top down.
Eschewing overly technical analysis, this group of authors recognizes that the causes of Greece’s dilemmas and the future trajectory of Greek reform rest above all on domestic politics.
French farmers prevailed in persuading their government to oppose the use of genetically modified organisms by linking their cause to powerful legitimating symbols and political values in France.
This is one of the first books that addresses the deeper political significance of the euro crisis.
Nesi chronicles the sad story of free trade’s impact on “his people” in the town of Prato, capturing the distinctive pain of a modern European left behind, a cultural stranger in his own land.
In recent decades, archaeologists, geneticists, and other scholars have revolutionized the study of prehistoric Europe.
Engaging and informative from start to finish, the first part of Moore’s two-volume biography of Margaret Thatcher recounts and transcends well-known themes and anecdotes about the small-town grocer’s daughter who rose to become prime minister of the United Kingdom.
In this mammoth biography, destined to become the standard work on Kohl for some time to come, Schwarz portrays him as shrewd in politics but a bit naive on substantive matters.
Recently, some political scientists have investigated how Europeans hurt by international economic integration now mobilize around issues such as immigration and European integration.
Rieger tells the story of the Volkswagen Beetle, one of the most enduring and iconic products of the past century, which has meant different things to different people in different places and times.
This book chronicles five centuries of diplomacy, alliances, and war -- all aimed, Simms argues, at asserting or blocking dominance of the European continent.
Debates over the future of the eurozone have become polarized around two unrealistic alternatives: the formation of a political union and the breakup of the eurozone. Mayer suggests a middle path, arguing that European governments must avoid unlimited commitments to fiscal transfers and centralized control in favor of limited cooperation to construct a minimal regulatory framework.
Europe's most eminent public intellectual, the German social theorist Habermas, here addresses the most important problem facing the continent: the legitimacy of European integration.
There has been much written about the extreme right in Europe in recent years. The contribution this book makes is its analysis of specific movements in several dozen Europeans countries.
Clark, a history professor at Cambridge University, concedes the importance of basic structural causes, such as rigid alliance commitments; the temptations of preventive war on a rapidly growing, militarized continent; and the peculiarities of authoritarian decision-making. Yet he believes that such forces alone cannot explain the war and might just as likely have led to peace.
In this engaging book, Vogel argues that extreme conservatives in the United States have brought regulatory innovation to a standstill, aided by decentralized and gridlocked U.S. political institutions. In Europe, by contrast, a more moderate consensus and centrist parliamentary systems maintain support for regulation, which the EU policy process tends to spread uniformly throughout the continent.
Can European countries maintain their diverse social welfare institutions? To answer this question, the authors of this readable and insightful book move beyond simplistic pessimism about generous social welfare policies.
No diplomat could be more qualified than Wall to write an official history of how the United Kingdom become part of the EU. When it comes to explaining how British decisions were made, his account is balanced and copiously documented. Yet when he turns to the issue of why decisions were made, the story becomes murkier.
Mourlon-Druol considers the 1979 creation of the European Monetary System, the predecessor of the eurozone. He argues that the earlier system was weaker than it seemed, because participating governments disagreed about economic priorities -- just as they do now. James picks up the story, explaining how European governments agreed to a large-scale monetary integration in 1991 and then enacted it a decade later. Both books add pieces to what is likely to be an important historiographical puzzle for some years to come.
Trilling traces the rise of the radical right in the United Kingdom and condemns establishment figures for not taking it more seriously. But a memoir by Collins, who spent years as a neo-Nazi and is now the director of Searchlight Educational Trust, a British foundation dedicated to fighting racism and fascism at the community level, inadvertently calls into question the idea that officials in the United Kingdom should ring alarm bells about nativist radicalism.
Carr argues that a combination of internal liberalization and external hardening has increased criminal, abusive, and often deadly human trafficking, while only modestly reducing immigration.
Saunders has written a must-read takedown of anti-Muslim conservatives, demonstrating that their major claims are simply false.
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