Back in 1989, many anticipated that the end of the Cold War would usher in the ‘end of history’ characterized by the victory of democracy and capitalism. At the thirtieth anniversary of this momentous event, this book challenges this assumption. It studies the most recent era of contemporary European history in order to analyse the impact, consequences and legacy of the end of the Cold War for Western Europe. Bringing together leading scholars on the topic, the volume answers the question of how the end of the Cold War has affected Western Europe and reveals how it accelerated and reinforced processes that shaped the fragile (geo-)political and economic order of the continent today.

In four thematic sections, the book analyses the changing position of Germany in Europe; studies the transformation of neoliberal capitalism; answers the question how Western Europe faced the geopolitical challenges after the Berlin Wall came down; and investigates the crisis of representative democracy. As such, the book provides a comprehensive and novel historical perspective on Europe since the late 1980s.

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1989 and the West: revisiting the Cold War victory narrative
ByEleni Braat, Pepijn Corduwener
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part I|1 pages

A new Germany in a new Europe

chapter 1|9 pages

Germany and Europe after 1989

The spectre of the German question versus the resilience of self-restraint
ByJacco Pekelder
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chapter 2|17 pages

The view from Benjamin Franklin Strasse

American military bases and the politics of conversion in post-1989 Germany
ByAdam R. Seipp
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chapter 3|16 pages

The rise of a new power

Germany’s political realism and global strategy
ByUbaldo Villani-Lubelli
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chapter 4|16 pages

Reunification and national identity in Germany

A return to normality?
ByChristian Wicke
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part II|1 pages

Neoliberalism in and beyond the nation-state

chapter 5|6 pages

Neoliberalism after 1989

ByAnnelien de Dijn
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chapter 6|26 pages

The year 1989 and the global hegemony of neoliberalism 1

ByPhilipp Ther
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chapter 7|18 pages

Market government

Neoliberalism and the transformative power of 1989
ByBram Mellink, P. W. Zuidhof
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part III|1 pages

Remaking Europe after 1989

chapter 9|6 pages

The pitfalls of Western triumphalism

ByFederico Romero
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chapter 11|17 pages

A missed opportunity for a new Europe?

The end of the Cold War and its consequences for Western European relations with Russia 1
ByLaurien Crump
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chapter 12|17 pages

The reluctant soft power

1989 and the European Community’s hesitant turn towards normative power in Africa 1
ByFrank Gerits
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part IV|1 pages

Democracy between triumph and crisis since 1989

chapter 13|14 pages

Restrained democracy and its radical alternatives after 1989

The threefold crisis of democracy in the ‘Former West’
ByIdo de Haan
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chapter 14|17 pages

The radical left since 1989

Decline, transformation, and revival
ByMartin J. Bull
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