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Publication information: Book title: Rebirth:A Political History of Europe since World War II. Edition: 2nd. Contributors: Cyril E. Black - Author, Robert D. English - Author, Jonathan E. Helmreich - Author, A. James McAdams - Author, Paul C. Helmreich - Author. Publisher: Westview Press. Place of publication: Boulder, CO. Publication year: 2000. Page number: 250.