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,

Cities and States

Cities and states

The interaction of cities and states in shaping modern Europe historically has been a major theme of the works of Stein Rokkan and Charles Tilly.1 Here the rubric will cover a brief overview of two aspects of the postwar spatial ordering of Europe.

From a geographical theory of central locations (zentrale Orte) – in terms of trade, transport and administration – and their circumference (the areas of their centrality), the German geographer Walter Christaller has proposed a spatial order of mid-twentieth-century Europe, which is probably the best strictly spatial structuration of the continent, unrivalled by latter-day atlas-makers. It exhibits a beautiful topological symmetry. Its exclusion of the USSR/Russia from the European grid proper, making European Russia the Western part of a ...

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