The Idea of Europe: Its Common Heritage and Future

The Idea of Europe: Its Common Heritage and Future

The Idea of Europe: Its Common Heritage and Future

The Idea of Europe: Its Common Heritage and Future

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The social, economic, political, and ideological transformations in Europe between 1985 and 1990 were staggering. The world witnessed the end of the cold war and the Berlin Wall, the end of communism in Eastern Europe, the breakup of the Soviet Empire, and the appeal of democracy throughout the world. The rise of a new Europe in the 1990s diverted, at least in part, the world focus on the rise of the "Pacific Era." The creation of a unified Germany has made possible that it will be the German Mark rather than the Japanese Yen which will become the leading world currency. A new Europe will play a major role in the world of the 21st century.

The idea of a "Common European Home," one of the themes of Mikhail Gorbachev's book Perestroika, did not only arise in Eastern Europe. Before his book was published in 1987, the Professors World Peace Academy was already organizing a conference on "The Common Heritage and Future of Europe." This volume is the proceedings of that conference, held in Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia, October 1-5, 1987.

In 1986, Chung Hwan Kwak, the Chairman of Professors World Peace Academy International (PWPA), emphasized the expansion of PWPA in Eastern Europe. This conference, organized by the Greek chapter of PWPA, was the first PWPA meeting in Eastern Europe. Since that time, the expansion of PWPA in Eastern Europe has been as rapid as the social changes themselves. By 1990, chapters were established in Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Romania, and the Soviet Union.

This book reflects the common desire of Europeans, both East and West, to put aside ideological differences and work constructively together to create a new and peaceful Europe.

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