Today it is widely recognised that the 'long 1970s' was a decisive international transition period during which traditional, collective-oriented socio-economic interest and welfare policies were increasingly replaced by the more individually and neo-liberally oriented value policies of the post-industrial epoch. Seen from a distance of three decades, it is increasingly clear that these socio-economic and socio-cultural processes also found their expression at the level of national and international political power. The contributors to this volume explore these processes of political-cultural realignment and their social impetus in Western Europe and the Euro-Atlantic area in and around the 1970s in the context of three agenda-setting topics of international history of this period: human rights, including the impact of decolonisation; East-West détente in Europe; and transnational relations and discourses. Going beyond the so-called Americanisation processes of the immediate postwar period, this volume reclaims Europe's place – and particularly that of smaller European nations – in contemporary Western history, demonstrating Europe's contribution to transatlantic transformation processes in political culture, discourse, and power during this period.
’This is a genuinely innovative international project that breaks much new ground, and gives fresh insights into the long 1970s. It looks at ideas about human rights as well as the practical, transnational politics surrounding human rights issues in European and trans-Atlantic relations.’ Anne Deighton, Wolfson College, University of Oxford, UK
Part One: Human Rights and Cultural Rights Part Two: Détente: From Above and Below Part Three: Transnational Diplomacy, Alternative Europe, Media Discourses