The Big Change in Europe

The Big Change in Europe

The Big Change in Europe

The Big Change in Europe

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This book is a comprehensive, extensive story of Europe, east and west, and its transformation since the first election of Eisenhower and the death of Stalin. The story is told mainly in terms of the leading personalities in each country; even if these personalities are not giants, today's Europe is the product of the conflicts between public and leaders.

The aim of the book is to present the countries whole in order to give the picture of political Europe, military Europe, Europe of the colonies, Europe grasping toward unity, in sum, the life of Europe. It begins with a look at the way people live in AmericaEurope and Russia-Europe, passes on to the individual countries and their notables, and ends with chapters on Russia and the United States as they affect the Europeans.

The book examines East Germany, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, and Albania in Russia-Europe; the countries most closely associated with the United States: West Germany, Britain, France, Italy, the Low Countries, Denmark, Norway, Greece, and Turkey; and the lone wolf nations of Europe which are not allied with either east or west: Spain, Yugoslavia, Austria, Switzerland, Sweden, Finland, and Ireland.

Germany perhaps holds the key to the futures of all these countries. Because of its geographical position and its unique internal dissensions, it is in the best position to decide the outcome of the tug-of-war into war. So more space is given in the book to Germany than to any other country.

The book is based on travel and first-hand observation and reading provoked by the travels. In the year that today's Europe began to come into sight, I went abroad as European correspondent for The Toledo Blade, Toledo, Ohio. I spent my time roaming the continent and visiting across the Mediterranean in North Africa, the focus of the American conflict with Europe over the colonialism that damaged the system of cooperation. I returned to the United States in 1956 to watch at first hand the re-election campaign of President Eisenhower, and went back to Europe in 1957.

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