Focusing on Western and Eastern Europe, this text places recent events in a wider historical context. It tries to bring the story right up to date covering both East-West relations and European intergration. The authors examine national and regional experience as well as the broader institutional and international context. Post-1989 Europe is, they argue, in some ways more problematic than the proceding period. Addressing the topic by theme the authors cover the post-war years, the changes in the 1980s and the challenges of the 1990s. Issues discusses include economic and social factors, East-West relations, European integration, Glasnost and Perestroika, the revolutions in Eastern Europe, political and other developments inside states, the European Union and the search for a new security order in Europe. A work of history, present day affairs, and coming challenges, this text looks at Europe as a unified whole. Undergraduate students should find its thematic coverage useful.