By Richard A. Falk, Tamas Szentes

ISBN-10: 9280809342

ISBN-13: 9789280809343

During this new e-book, a gaggle of distinct students from a spread of disciplines and geographical backgrounds give some thought to the centrality of the new ecu event to the worldwide neighborhood this present day. They examine the recent Europe that's rising within the wake of the dramatic geopolitical adjustments that happened at the continent on the finish of the 1980s.The individuals search to open quite a few views, together with these of tradition and heritage, on brand new swiftly altering eu scene. They learn intimately the method of transition and inner realities confronting post-communist governments in jap and crucial Europe. Their provocative essays additionally examine the function of Europe within the new worldwide economic system, the recent nearby alignments which are rising, and different key questions on the continent within the rising international order.

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The first problem is that under prior economic regimes, despite some important imports of technology from 44 45 the West, productivity growth within the closed economic systems was slow. The reasons for this will have to be understood. They probably reflect two main difficulties. In the first place, probably because of a virtual absence of competitive threat, the incentives to organize the technological learning processes which lead to innovative competition have been weak. In the second place, the organization of science and technology in relation to the production system seems to have been inappropriate.

The latter were compatible, if it was found necessary, with the use of force, oppression, arms. But, in the last analysis, the spread of capitalism implied after a time the dissemination of political ideas and institutions, the technical equipment of a new social system. The expansion of Europe brought with it Western ideas, legal concepts. European civilization was transplanted, adapted and imitated to a greater extent than any previous civilization in the world's history. This also allowed other societies and cultures which proved to be strong enough and suited for this undertaking to bring themselves to a further stage of development while at the same time defending themselves from European penetration.

The break-up of the colonial system was facilitated by the great recurrent, internecine European wars, in which often other parts of the world were also more and more involved. Some more advanced colonies had succeeded in liberating themselves long before the process of colonization reached its final phase. American independence was preceded by the defeat of France in the Seven Years War (1763) and by the elimination of French power in the New World; thereby removing a common threat to both the colonies and the British alike.

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