CHAPTER 6 : RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN EUROPE (1945 - 1997)
Since the above mentioned events are too recent, a historical
perspective on them is yet to emerge. After the years of the Second
World War, Europe was caught in a mood of futility. The mood faded
soon enough but it surfaced in the decades of the nuclear crisis.
Perhaps it was this that indirectly led to the forging of a new
sense of community. The Council of Europe (1949) and the
EEC (1956) contributed in no mean measure to the unification
process. With the advent of the Cold War, the division between East
and West Europe widened. It was only after the collapse of the Soviet
Union became evident that the idea of the European Union really
took hold. At present, Germany continues to dominate the European
front on the basis of its economic strength. There is a possibility
of the eastward expansion of NATO as well as the European union
although Russia is not very interested in this.
6.0 - Introduction
6.1 North Atlantic Treaty Organization
6.2 The Collapse of Communism in Russia
6.4 European Monetary Union
6.5 The Re-Unification of Germany
6.6 Points to Remember
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