Europe's Troubled Peace 1945 to the Present

Edition: 2nd
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Pub. Date: 2012-01-30
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A veteran hockey writer takes on hockey culture and the NHL--addressing the game's most controversial issueWhether it's on-ice fist fights or head shots into the glass, hockey has become a nightly news spectacle--with players pummeling and bashing each other across the ice like drunken gladiators. And while the NHL may actually condone on-ice violence as a ticket draw, diehard hockey fan and expert Adam Proteau argues against hockey's transformation into a thuggish blood sport. In Fighting the Good Fight, Proteau sheds light on the many perspectives of those in and around the game, with interviews of current and former NHL stars, coaches, general managers, and league executives, as well as medical experts.One of the most well-known media figures on the hockey scene today, famous for his funny, feisty observations as a writer for the Toronto Star and The Hockey News and commentator on CBC radio and TV, Adam Proteau is also one of the few mainstream media voices who is vehemently anti-fighting in hockey. Not only is his book a plea to the game's gatekeepers to finally clamp down on the runaway violence that permeates the sport even at its highest level, he offers realistic suggestions on ways to finally clean the game up. Includes interviews with medical experts on head injuries and concussions, as well as with other members of the media The author not only wages an attack on the value of fighting in hockey--but also on the establishment hockey cultureCovering the most polarizing issue in hockey today, Fighting the Good Fight gives hockey fans and sports lovers everywhere a reason to stamp their feet and whistle--at a rare display of eloquence and common sense.

Author Biography

Tom Buchanan is Reader in Modern History Politics at Oxford University's Department for Continuing Education, where he is Director of Studies in History and Politics. He has published extensively on the relationship between Britain and the Spanish Civil War. He is currently completing a major book on China and the British Left, 1925-1976. His other research interests include the history of Amnesty International.

Table of Contents

List of Mapsp. xi
List of Illustrationsp. xii
Acknowledgments for the Second editionp. xiii
Acknowledgments for the First editionp. xiv
Introduction: Europe's Troublesp. 1
The War and its Legacyp. 8
Conquest and Occupationp. 8
Collaborationp. 12
Resistancep. 14
Liberation, 1943-1945p. 17
Neutral Europep. 21
The Human and Physical Costp. 22
Judgmentp. 26
Conclusionp. 29
Europe between the Powers, 1945-1953p. 30
From Grand Alliance to Cold War, 1941-1947p. 30
The German Questionp. 35
Marshall Aid and Economic Securityp. 40
NATO and the Defense of the Westp. 44
Culture and the Cold Warp. 47
Conclusionp. 50
Restoration, Reconstruction, and Revolution: Europe, 1945-1950p. 51
A New Europe?p. 51
Politics in Western Europep. 53
Western Europe: Reconstruction and Welfarep. 60
Scandinavia: Paths to Securityp. 62
Southern Europe: Dictatorship and Civil Warp. 64
The Soviet Union and Central and Eastern Europep. 67
Between East and West: Finland, Austria, and Yugoslaviap. 72
Conclusionp. 74
Consolidating Western Europe, 1950-1963p. 75
Fears and Aspirationsp. 75
Towards Affluence: The Economy and Social Changep. 78
From Korea to Berlin: The International Contextp. 82
"No Experiments": West Germany, Britain, and Italyp. 87
France and Algeriap. 91
Social Democratic Alternativesp. 94
Conclusionp. 96
Western Europe in the 1960sp. 98
The Cultural Dividep. 98
The New Society: Economic and Social Changep. 103
The Limits to Reform: Italy, West Germany, and Britainp. 106
The Enigmatic Republic: France, 1958-1968p. 109
Revolt: Students and Workers, 1967-1969p. 111
The Persistence of Dictatorship: Spain, Portugal, and Greecep. 116
Conclusionp. 118
The Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, from 1953 to the 1970sp. 120
New Societies, Recurrent Crisesp. 120
Khrushchev and de-Stalinizationp. 126
The Crisis of 1956: Poland and Hungaryp. 128
The Start of the Brezhnev Erap. 131
East European Alternatives: Romania, Yugoslavia, Albaniap. 133
From Prague Spring to Brezhnev Doctrinep. 136
Conclusionp. 139
Western Europe in the 1970s: Downturn and Détentep. 140
The Era of Détentep. 140
Willy Brandt's Ostpolitik, 1969-1974p. 142
The New Economic Insecurityp. 145
West European Politicsp. 148
The Rise of Terrorism, c. 1970-1981p. 152
Intellectual and Cultural Developmentsp. 154
Transitions: Spain, Portugal, and Greecep. 156
Conclusionp. 161
Western Europe in the 1980s: The Era of Thatcher, Mitterrand, and Kohlp. 162
Towards the Post-Industrial Societyp. 162
Postmodern Cultures?p. 165
The New Cold Warp. 167
Thatcher's Britainp. 168
Mitterrand's Francep. 171
Helmut Kohl and West Germanyp. 175
Breaking the Mold? New Political Movementsp. 179
Southern Europep. 181
Conclusionp. 185
European Integration: From Rome to Maastricht, 1957-1992p. 186
Perspectives on Integrationp. 186
The Foundation of the EECp. 192
De Gaulle and the EEC, 1958-1969p. 194
Stagnation, 1970-1984p. 197
The Single European Act and "1992"p. 199
Maastricht and Afterp. 202
Conclusionp. 204
The Fall of the Communist Regimes: The Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, 1980-1991p. 205
öAll that is solid melts into air"p. 205
Poland and Solidarity, 1980-1981p. 208
Gorbachev and Soviet Reform, 1985-1990p. 211
1989: The Fall of Communism in Eastern Europep. 215
German Reunification, 1989-1990p. 219
The End of the Soviet Union, 1990-1991p. 223
Conclusionp. 224
Europe after the Cold Warp. 226
Building Europe?p. 226
West European Politicsp. 230
Troubled Waters: Italy and Germanyp. 233
Western Europe: The Economy and EMUp. 235
Post-Communism: Eastern Europe and the Former USSRp. 237
The Balkan Warsp. 242
Conclusionp. 246
Europe in the New Millenniump. 248
Diversity and Unionp. 248
Memory and the "European Identity"p. 252
The "War on Terror" and the Security of Europep. 256
West European Politicsp. 259
The Politics of Intolerancep. 264
On Europe's Bordersp. 266
From Financial Crisis to European Crisisp. 269
Conclusionp. 273
Notesp. 275
Guide to Further Readingp. 292
Indexp. 301
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