Annotations in this carefully selected bibliography reflect the transformations in Europe since WWII, showing the changing relationships between states growing more independent. Most of these books are written in English and many have been written in the last ten years. Works written before World War II are included in certain cases and earlier imprints are included in order to provide analysis of events close in time to situations described. Western Europe Since 1945 is divided into four main sections: "Western Europe," "European Union," "Countries of Western Europe" and "Famous People." Books are grouped under the following headings: Art, Colonialism, Economics, European Community Relations, Foreign Relations, Geography, History, Immigration, Language, Literature, Music, Politics and Government, and Religion.
Joan F. Higbee is a rare book librarian at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. She received her doctorate in Romance Languages, wrote for the Scholar's Guide for Southwest European Studies and served as a chairperson for the Western Europe specialists section of the Association of College and Research Libraries, American Library Association.