The End of the Cold War: European Unity, Socialism, and the Shift in Global Power

Bogdan Denitch, Author University of Minnesota Press $29.95 (123p) ISBN 978-0-8166-1872-9
Denitch's assessment of Europe's political and economic situation focuses more on long-term issues than on recent upheavals, and primarily and unabashedly advances the author's democratic socialist and critical Marxist agenda. Insofar as Denitch does address the rapidly changing situation, he argues that discredited communist governments will leave a power vacuum in which democratic socialism can be expected to grow. He predicts that increased cultural links between East and West Germany (for example, among trade unions and between the Lutheran and Catholic churches) will supplement economic ties, and he also foresees the development of nationalist parties in response to rising emigrationg from Eastern Europe. The economically united Europe projected for g 1992 should be more powerful than the U.S. or the U.S.S.R., but developing democracies will still need U.S. aid ``on the scale of the Marshall Plan.'' There are excursions into other subjects, such as the U.S.'s ``virtual kidnapping of Noriega.'' Denitch is a professor of political sociology at City University of New York's Graduate Center and author of Breaking the Stalemate: Beyond Red and Green. (June)
Reviewed on: 06/05/1990
Release date: 06/01/1990
Paperback - 144 pages - 978-0-8166-1875-0
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