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,

Rights to Act – Politics, Sex and Property

Rights to act – politics, sex and property

After World War II, Western Europe was the first part of the world to establish a supra-state system of rights, which differs from international, or inter-state law, as well as from international declarations of rights. In the first case, but not in the latter, individuals can judicially invoke rights against states. It was one stream of the postwar efforts at European unification, that which issued into the Council of Europe, of 1949. In the autumn of 1950 a European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms was adopted. It was inspired by the UN Declaration of Human Rights two years earlier, but with the crucial difference that ...

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