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Joachim Lund and Peter Ohrgaard (eds.), Return to normalcy or a new beginning – concepts and expectations for a post war Europe around 1945
Joachim Lund and Peter Ohrgaard (eds.), Return to normalcy or a new beginning – concepts and expectations for a post war Europe around 1945

Author(s): Oana Laculiceanu
Subject(s): History
Published by: Editura Cetatea de Scaun
Keywords: postwar; reconstruction; democracy; totalitarianism

Summary/Abstract: This book gathers the contributions to the Conference “1945-Return to normalcy or a new beginning – concepts and expectations for a post war Europe around 1945”, hosted by Copenhagen Business School in 2006. The contributions show the changes underwent by different European states after the turning point that the year 1945 has represented in Europe’s history. The main dilemma that European countries were facing was whether after 1945 Europe would relapse into national isolationism or new ways of trans-national cooperation will evolve. An important unifying element for the European countries after the Second World War was their efforts for economic reconstruction. These efforts had the support of the US who realized that its welfare was depending on Europe’s economic stability. If most of the analysts of the post-war period tended to emphasize the US’s role in European economic reconstruction, Patricia Clavin signals the role played by European institutions like the League of Nations which laid the basis for European economic planning that played an essential role for the economic reconstruction in the post war time.

  • Issue Year: 2008
  • Issue No: 10
  • Page Range: 111-114
  • Page Count: 4
  • Language: English