Over the weekend I divided the fifteenth and final chapter of my European history series, into two parts. Chapter 15 has been up on the site since 2001; previously it was entitled “A New Europe Emerges” and it covered the postwar years, from 1945 to 2000.
The new Chapter 15 will be devoted to just the Cold War era, from 1945 to 1990, and will be called “A Continent Divided.” Events since 1990 will go into Chapter 16, which has tentatively been named “Europe Today.” That title could change if anything earthshaking happens over there in the near future; for instance, I’m thinking of calling Chapter 16 “Eurabia” if the rapid growth of Europe’s Islamic community continues.
There isn’t really anything new in the two chapters yet. One of these days I will have to write down what has happened in Europe since 2001, and this arrangement makes room for such an addition.
In the meantime, here is how the chapters are organized:
1945 to 1990
Postwar Territorial Changes
The Nuremberg Trials
The Iron Curtain Descends
The Marshall Plan
Occupied Germany and the Berlin Airlift
Yugoslavia Breaks With Moscow
The Postwar Leaders of Western Europe
Unrest in the Soviet Empire
Fascism’s Last Stand
The Nations That Tried to Buy Happiness
Northern Ireland’s Troubles
The Common Market
The End of the Cold War
1990 to 2000
The Late-Blooming Mediterranean Republics
The Northern Ireland Crisis — Solved
A United States of Europe?
Eastern Europe in the 1990s
The Yugoslav Wars: The Slovenian and Croatian Phases
The Yugoslav Wars: The Bosnian Phase
The Yugoslav Wars: The Albanian Phase