Europe, A Political Profile: An American Companion to European Politics: An American Companion to European Politics, Volume 1
The two-volume Europe, A Political Profile: An American Companion to European Politics is the first encyclopedic survey of politics in Europe especially written for a wide American public, including high school students. The first volume places national developments and institutions in a Europe-wide context and includes tables comparing European politics with U.S. politics. The second volume discusses the individual European nations by regional group, facilitating comparison of a country with neighboring nations.
All European countries are covered, including Turkey, Russia, and the Caucasian republics of Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan. Each country profile includes an introduction to the land, the people, the economy, and the culture, as well as a timeline of historic highlights. The nation's political system is discussed, as are public policies and the major political parties. Each entry also provides tables listing heads of state, the composition of the legislative body, and the political leaders.
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Slomp (politics, Radboud Univ., Holland) describes the political system in each European country. Volume 1, an update of his European Politics into the Twenty-First Century (Praeger, 2000), identifies what European nations have in common politically and includes such chapters as "Politics: Basic Concepts," "The European Experience: A Historical Note," and "European Liberals Are Not American Liberals: The European Ideologies." Volume 2 examines the political climate in each country, with entries arranged geographically, northeast to southeast, and grouped by area (such as British Isles, Scandinavia, and Balkan Peninsula). Countries with longer histories of democratic politics typically have the longest entries. Worth noting is this line from the preface of Volume 2: "Almost all information contained in the country profiles is available on [sic] Internet; mostly Wikipedia has served as the first source" (the author claims that it offers information that is not available elsewhere). This position is reaffirmed in the "Sources and Further Reading" section: "The best two starting points for research on European politics are Wikipedia and…the CIA World Factbook." BOTTOM LINE While the idea of providing a guide to European politics for Americans is solid and useful, the first volume is no more than an update of a previously published title, and Wikipedia serves as the primary source of material for Volume 2. Not recommended.—Lura Sanborn, St. Paul's Sch., Hopkinton, NH
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