The political collapse of Europe at the conclusion of World War II and the rise of dominance of the United States and the Soviet Union curbed two fundamental and contradictory trends in European history: the tendency toward a secular unity of Europe and the tribal divisions of Europe.
Wood, Robert S.
"Europe: Transfigured or Transfixed?,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 45
, Article 4.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol45/iss4/4