This paperback edition has now been reissued, alongside Alan Milward's new book The European Rescue of the Nation State.
`Alan S. Milward is widely - and justly - regarded as one of the half-dozen leading economic historians of our time. To the long list of his earlier works of distinction he has now added one that is rather more contentious, though no less scholarly.' - Times Literary Supplement
`This is an indispensable book for anyone who wishes to be able to discuss intelligently the reshaping of Europe after the war.' - Times Higher Education Supplement
`The book is undoubtedly a major work of scholarship that is bound to exercise great influence on all future work on the period.' - Economic History Review
`This is an important contribution which should be treated as essential reading for students of modern European history and politics. Milward argues his case vigorously and the book is enjoyable to read …' - Political Studies
`Overturns many recieved ideas about the political and economic policies and activities of the Western European nation states in the postwar period, and it does so on the basis of wide research in several languages and in many national archives … a magisterial treatment of the subject. It cannot be too highly recommended.' - Political Quarterly