In Europe's long history, the few years since the fall of the Berlin Wall seem laughably short. Yet changes are afoot, and a new era is seemingly at hand. The question addressed by former diplomat Holmes is what the new Europe will look like and what the United States should do about it. He provides a smoothly written overview of the European Community in the past decade as it grappled with moving out of a divided Cold War mentality toward unified action. The twin pillars of NATO and the original idea of a common market will provide the environment for all future decisions about what a new Europe might look like. Holmes recommends that the United States move toward economic integration with Europe. His work is written with the authority of someone absorbed for years with this question, and his arguments deserve attention. Recommended for academic collections.-Edward Goedeken, Iowa State Univ. Lib., Ames
A former US diplomat in Europe argues that with the collapse of the
Soviet Union, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization has fulfilled
its purpose and is now on the wane. He advocates a new alliance based
on economic rather than military union, and enumerates advantages to
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