In this book one of Europe's foremost sociologists offers a profound and accessible overview of the trajectory of European societies, East and West, since the end of World War II. Combining theoretical depth with factual analysis, Göran Therborn addresses the questions that underpin an understanding of the nature of European modernity, including: To what extent is the period 1945-2000 producing fundamental change and what are the areas of continuity? Have the societies of Europe become more similar to others on the globe or more distinctively European? What are the prospects of Europe after decades of postwar change and the end of the Cold War? Issues covered include the division of paid and unpaid labour,

Horizons of Knowledge and Times of Belief

Horizons of knowledge and times of belief

Postwar Europe saw the final arrival of general and extended formal education, even into the Eastern and the Southern parts, although doubts about the universality of functional literacy have continued to persist in many countries. Secondary and tertiary education became mass phenomena, Europe here catching up with the United States.

The coming of television changed the scope of everyday knowledge, as well as the forms of leisure, in ways that still have to be ascertained.1 It came from the USA into Britain and Sweden in the 1950s, rapidly spreading across the continent, reaching the masses of Spain and of most of Eastern Europe in the 1970s, those of Greece and Portugal, Romania and ...

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