This anthology of fourteen original essays is the first collection of transnational studies on post-1945 western and eastern European society written by historians. The contributors target three particular moments of rapid change in postwar Europe-the moment of liberation, 1943-48; the 1960s; and 1989 as communism began to crumble. The collection opens a range of possibilities for historians of post-1945 European society, while providing all contemporary historians with a much-needed guide to the methodology of transnational history.
Gerd Rainer-Horn is lecturer at the University of Warwick and the author of European Socialists Respond to Fascism: Ideology, Activism and Contingency in the 1930's and co-editor of Left Catholicism: Catholics and Society in Western Europe at the Point of Liberation, 1943-1955. Padraic Kenney is associate professor of history at the University of Colorado, Boulder. His books include Rebuilding Poland: Workers and Communists, 1945-1950 and A Carnival of Revolution: Central Europe, 1989
Chapter 1 Introduction Part 2 1945 Chapter 3 Recasting Democracy? Communist Parties Facing Change and Reconstruction in Post-War Europe Chapter 4 Window of Opportunities or trompe l'oeil? The Myth of Labor Unity in Western Europe after 1945 Chapter 5 Liberated Zones in Northern Italy and Southeastern France: The Cases of the Alto Tortonese and the Vercors Chapter 6 The Influence of Socialist Realism in Italy During the Immediate Postwar Period Part 7 1968 Chapter 8 "1968" and "The Cultural Revolution of the Long Sixties (c. 1958 - c. 1974)" Chapter 9 The Working Class Dimension Of "1968" Chapter 10 1968 East and West: Visions of Political Change and Student Protest from Across the Iron Curtain Chapter 11 Echoes of Provocation: "1968" and the Women's Movements in France and Germany Part 12 1989 Chapter 13 The Global Context of 1989 Chapter 14 The Development of a Green Opposition in Czechoslovakia: The Role of International Contacts Chapter 15 A Transcontinental Movement of Citizens? Strategic Debates in the 1980s Western Peace Movement Chapter 16 Opposition Networks and Transnational Diffusion in the Revolutions of 1989 Chapter 17 Bibliographic Essay