"A Companion to Europe Since 1945" provides a stimulating guide to numerous important developments which have influenced the political, economic, social, and cultural character of Europe during and since the Cold War. It includes 22 original essays by an international team of expert scholars. It examines the social, intellectual, economic, cultural, and political changes that took place throughout Europe in the Cold War and Post Cold War periods. It discusses a wide range of topics including the Single Market, European-American relations, family life and employment, globalization, consumption, political parties, European decolonization, European identity, security and defence policies, and Europe's fight against international terrorism. It presents Europe in a broad geographical conception, to give equal weighting to developments in the Eastern and Western European states.