By Paul DukesThe advance of Europe sped up from the center of the 17th century with the formation of the country states and the expansion of empires. by means of the start of the 20th century, ecu empires ruled many of the world's floor - even if, the 2 international wars introduced the continent down from its top of strength. From 1945 to 1989, Europe misplaced its empires and fell below the impact of the 2 superpowers, the us and the USSR; yet with the decline and fall of the latter, Europe has for the reason that moved in the direction of a brand new unity.
Paths to a brand new Europe considers the improvement of the continent from its origins via premodern to postmodern instances, and offers a balanced remedy of Europe and of its wider worldwide atmosphere. in the total department of East and West Europe, each one part is given due cognizance and Paul Dukes indicates how cultural traditions, besides socio-economic modifications and realignments of political strength, have developed over the centuries, nonetheless exerting impact as Europe strikes in the direction of harmony after the cave in of the jap bloc and the top of the chilly struggle.