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The Handbook promotes the increasing diversity of perspectives employed in the study of contemporary Europe and EU integration is situated in the context of Europe’s transformations. It offers balanced coverage of political, social, economic, cultural and institutional dimensions of Europe. It includes chapters by many leading authorities: Beck, Calhoun, della Porta, Offe, Paasi, Rosamund and Tilly. Multi-disciplinary in organization, inclusive in coverage, and cutting-edge in scope, the Handbook is a landmark resource for anyone interested in European Studies.

Europe Transformed, 1945–2000
Europe transformed, 1945–2000

Have you read Primo Levi's initially grim, but ultimately vivifying memoir, The Reawakening? The book recounts Levi's circuitous return from a Nazi concentration camp to his home in Turin. It begins in January 1945. Shortly after Russian troops arrived at the infirmary of the Buna-Monowitz camp in Poland's Auschwitz district, a liberated Russian—Jewish prisoner named Yankel started transporting sick inmates to a huge, improvised hospital camp in Auschwitz. Feverish Levi only half understood what was happening. Yankel's horse cart took its load of former prisoners through the Auschwitz gate with its fearsome motto Arbeit macht frei: work liberates. After sturdy Russian nurses grabbed, stripped, and bathed the ex-inmates:

We were given a shirt and pants, and led to the Russian barber, ...

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