History and Politics of Well-Being in Europe

  • Wolfgang Glatzer

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Well-Being and Quality of Life Research book series (BRIEFSWELLBEING)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
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  11. Back Matter
    Pages 79-84

About this book


This book presents a reconstruction of the history of well-being on the European continent with special attention to the European Union, as people from Europe have a history of a long-term march towards well-being. It discusses ancient civilizations on the European continent, which have contributed significantly to the features of well-being in contemporary Europe. Following Europe`s success over the past millennium, which brought the continent a unique rise to better well-being it also imposed new challenges for sustaining well-being and alleviating misery. It is shown that Europeans attained a high level of well-being in global comparison, yet their attitudes remained at the same time ambivalent and precarious. Significant parts of the population claim a low well-being and suffer from the difficulties of life. Even though a top ranked area of socio-economic development in the world, this book shows that poverty, inequality and  hardship remain stable structural problems which have to be overcome in order to avoid significant restrictions for a broad quality of life. But despite all their burdens and hardships, Europeans are among the most prosperous and privileged people in the world.


Well-Being and Politics in Europe Europe and Well-Being History of European Well-Being European Union and Well-Being Nation-States of Europe Structures of Well-Being in Europe Awareness of Europeans Territory Economic Growth in Europe Heritage from Early Europeans Life Satisfaction in Europe Destruction of Well-Being through Wars and Plagues

Authors and affiliations

  • Wolfgang Glatzer
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  1. 1.Department of Social SciencesGoethe UniversityFrankfurt am MainGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-05047-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-05048-1
  • Series Print ISSN 2211-7644
  • Series Online ISSN 2211-7652
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