By David Pinder

The recent Europe is among the such a lot dynamic, complicated and engaging areas of the realm. japanese and primary Europe are striving to return to phrases with the autumn of communism and the dictates of the marketplace, when Western Europe, agony excessive unemployment and weakened monetary impetus, has nonetheless to be reconciled to the implications of restructuring and globalisation. the recent Europe offers an unrivalled variety of in-depth experiences of concerns primary to the advance of japanese and Western Europe, to the most important contrasts which nonetheless exist among them and to the issues dealing with the powerful reintegration of this long-divided zone. hugely obtainable and uniquely authoritative, the hot Europe is an quintessential textual content for college kids of latest Europe.

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Serious though the western experience was, however, circumstances in central and eastern Europe were such that the effects of economic crisis were even more profound. There the already weak and largely agrarian economies relied on foreign borrowing to survive the economic problems of the early interwar period. This quickly created a situation in which further borrowing was necessary in order to repay existing debts. Then a key effect of the 1930s Depression was to cut off this credit as agricultural exports fell sharply and prices collapsed in the markets which survived.

Page 13 But, if this could be avoided, there was every prospect that the two politically separate yet stable New Europes would maintain their independent development paths for the foreseeable future. In practice circumstances have combined to break down this stable situation, creating instead the current New Europe in which conditions are far more fluid and the future is far less certain. And while this is obviously the case with respect to eastern and central Europe, in many respectsif for different reasonsthe same is true of its western counterpart.

Woodruffe 455 Contributors 477 List of Figures 479 List of Tables 483 Index 485 Page vii PREFACE Late in 1989 I had a curious experience. I was embroiled in the final production stages of Western Europe: challenge and change, which I had been editing for the Institute of British Geographers and which was being published by Iain Stevenson at Belhaven Press. As each step in the process was completed, the concept of focusing solely on western Europe seemed to become more and more questionable as the socialist era ended in yet another central or eastern European country.

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