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Europe Since 1989: A History

Europe Since 1989: A History

Written by Philipp Ther

Narrated by Matthew Lloyd Davies


Europe Since 1989: A History

Written by Philipp Ther

Narrated by Matthew Lloyd Davies

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Jun 27, 2017
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9781515977421
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The year 1989 brought the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe. It was also the year that the economic theories of Reagan, Thatcher, and the Chicago School achieved global dominance. And it was these neoliberal ideas that largely determined the course of the political, economic, and social changes that transformed Europe over the next quarter century. This award-winning book provides the first comprehensive history of post-1989 Europe.

Philipp Ther offers a sweeping narrative filled with vivid details and memorable stories. He describes how liberalization, deregulation, and privatization had catastrophic effects on former Soviet Bloc countries. He refutes the idea that this economic "shock therapy" was the basis of later growth, arguing that human capital and the "transformation from below" determined economic success or failure. Most important, he shows how the capitalist West's effort to reshape Eastern Europe in its own likeness ended up reshaping Western Europe as well, in part by accelerating the pace and scope of neoliberal reforms in the West, particularly in reunified Germany. Finally, bringing the story up to the present, Ther compares events in Eastern and Southern Europe leading up to and following the 2008–9 global financial crisis.
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Released:
Jun 27, 2017
ISBN:
9781515977421
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About the author

Philipp Ther holds a Chair of Central European History at the University of Vienna. Previously he was a professor of comparative European history at the EUI in Florence. He has published and edited several books on ethnic cleansing, including Redrawing Nations: Ethnic Cleansing in East-Central Europe 1944-1948 (co-edited with A. Siljak; Rowman and Littlefield, 2001). He also co-edited Robbery and Restitution: The Conflict over Jewish Property in Europe, (Berghahn, 2007). His most recent book Die neue Ordnung auf dem alten Kontinent: Eine Geschichte des neoliberalen Europa, (Suhrkamp Verlag, 2014) [The New Order on the Old Continent. A History of Neoliberal Europe], was awarded with the non-fiction bookprize of the Leipzig bookfare and has been contracted by Princeton University Press.

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  • (4/5)
    An extremely detailed piece of an otherwise not very well known part of recent history. It reminds us that the very things we take for granted like threats to freedom and democracy aren't really extinct.