A History of Europe in the Twentieth Century

A History of Europe in the Twentieth Century

by Eric Dorn Brose
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195135709

ISBN-13: 9780195135701

Pub. Date: 09/23/2004

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA


This last century of European history is situated between a violent and authoritarian past and the dawn of a more democratic and peaceful period--an era that may represent the future. Written in a vivid and accessible style, A History of Europe in the Twentieth Century examines the continent's descent into the turmoil of two world wars, the tense cold war…  See more details below

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This last century of European history is situated between a violent and authoritarian past and the dawn of a more democratic and peaceful period--an era that may represent the future. Written in a vivid and accessible style, A History of Europe in the Twentieth Century examines the continent's descent into the turmoil of two world wars, the tense cold war standoff between the victors, and finally the beginning of a more tranquil and egalitarian age. Rather than viewing Europe's history from an outdated perspective colored by cold war ideology, Eric Dorn Brose discusses these topics from a contemporary point of view, looking backward at the total impact of major events on the European world.
A History of Europe in the Twentieth Century is organized chronologically around five main themes:
* war and the quest for alternatives
* ethnic and racial belligerency and the effort to create harmony
* authoritarianism and the struggle for democracy
* technological revolutions and systems
* elite and popular culture
This thematic approach allows students to focus on separate specific aspects of the history of this troubled century, while striving for a composite view. Brose also dedicates special subsections of the text to extensive discussions of the peace movement, gender relations, the Holocaust, cultural developments, the rise of the EU, and today's terrorist threats. Each chapter begins with a vignette related to chapter themes and subject matter. There is also a historiographical component to A History of Europe in the Twentieth Century, making it ideal for upper-level undergraduate and graduate courses in twentieth-century Europe.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195135701
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
09/23/2004
Pages:
548
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 6.30(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1"A specter is haunting Europe"7
Ch. 2Europe before the Great War38
Ch. 3The Great War and beyond77
Ch. 4The illusion of peace and democracy120
Ch. 5Toward the cataclysm176
Ch. 6World War Two223
Ch. 7Ruin, reconstruction, and recrimination265
Ch. 8Europe and America325
Ch. 9The widening and deepening of democracy358
Ch. 10The fall of communism398
Ch. 11Contemporary history433

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