Economic History of a Divided Europe: Four Diverse Regions in an Integrating Continent

1st Edition

Ivan T. Berend

Routledge
April 7, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 296 Pages - 1 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780367896508 - CAT# 351153
Series: Routledge Studies in the European Economy

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Summary

This book presents the sharp regional differences within the integrating European continent. Four regions—Northwestern Europe, Southern Europe, Central Europe, and Eastern-Southeastern Europe—represent high, medium, and relatively less-developed levels of economic advancement. These disparities have emerged as a result of historical differences that produced and reinforced cultural and behavioural differences.

The author examines the distinctions between the regions, looks at how these differences transpired and became so retrenched, and answers the question of why some countries were able to elevate to higher levels of economic development while others could not. This book is unique in that it provides a timely historical analysis of the main causes of the most pressing conflicts in Europe today. Readers will come away from this book with a deeper understanding of the sharp divergence in economic standing between the four different regions of Europe, as well as knowledge about how institutional corruption and other cultural features exacerbated these variations. The book also offers a better understanding of major European Union conflicts between member countries and between member and non-member countries, as well as the rise of autocratic regimes in certain countries. The book begins with a short history of European integration throughout European civilization and then goes on to discuss the modern reality of integration and attempts to homogenize the Continent that divided into four different macro-regions.

It will primarily appeal to scholars, researchers and students studying Europe from various fields, including economics, business, history, political science, and sociology, as well as a general readership interested in Europe’s past, present, and future.

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