A Companion to International History 1900 - 2001 / Edition 1

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A comprehensive overview of the most important international events, movements, and controversies of the 20th century.

  • Written by distinguished scholars, each an authority in their field
  • Explores influential, underlying themes such as imperialism, nationalism, internationalism, technological developments, and changes in diplomatic methods
  • Addresses a broad range of topics, including diplomacy of wartime and peacemaking, the cold war era and the "new world order", the end of European empires, the rise of nationalism in the Third World, globalization, and terrorism
  • Chronological organization makes the volume easily accessible
  • Includes useful guides for further reading and research
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[A] useful compilation of essays covering the major events of the 20th century. Standing out from this overall impressive body of work are the contributions on the undertones and causes of WW I (Martel's area of expertise) and three chapters on often-overlooked developments leading to WW II. Highly recommended.

Uniformly excellent.
Political Studies Review

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Meet the Author

Gordon Martel is Professor of History at University of Northern British Columbia. He is author of Imperial Diplomacy (1985) and The Origins of the First World War (second edition, 1996), and editor of The Origins of the Second World War Reconsidered (second edition, 2002), and The Times and Appeasement (2002). He is also General Editor of the forthcoming Encyclopedia of War (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011)

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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors ix

Preface and Acknowledgments xiv

Maps xv

Introduction 1

Twentieth-Century International History: The Changing Face of Empire 3
Gordon Martel

Part I Undertones 11

1 Imperialism 13
John Mackenzie

2 Nationalism 26
R. J. B. Bosworth

3 Internationalism 39
Andrew Webster

4 A Shrinking World 52
Jeffrey A. Engel

5 A Changing Diplomatic World 65
Ralph Blessing

Part II The First World War and Its Consequences 79

6 The Triple Alliance 81
Jürgen Angelow and Gordon Martel

7 The Ententes, 1894–1914 94
Keith Neilson

8 The July Crisis 105
Samuel R. Williamson, Jr.

9 Wartime Promises and Postwar Europe 118
David Dutton

10 Wartime Promises and the Postwar Empires 131
Matthew Hughes

11 Envisioning a New World Order 143
Ian D. Thatcher

12 The Versailles System 154
Erik Goldstein

13 The Legacy of the First World War 166
Gaynor Johnson

Part III The Coming of the Second World War 179

14 Why International Finance Mattered: 1919–1939 181
Robert D. Boyce

15 The Far Eastern Crisis and the Balance of Power, 1920–1941 195
Greg Kennedy

16 The Challenge to Empire in the Middle East and Asia 207
Gavin D. Brockett

17 Mussolini’s War in Ethiopia 220
Giuseppe Finaldi

18 The Challenge in Europe, 1935–1941 233
P. M. H. Bell

19 Appeasement 243
Andrew Crozier

20 Stalin and the West 257
Alexander Hill

21 The United States and the End of Isolation 269
Justus D. Doenecke

Part IV From Grand Alliance to Cold War 283

22 The Grand Alliance, 1941–1945 285
Warren F. Kimball

23 A Bipolar World 299
Saki Ruth Dockrill

24 A Third World? 314
Norrie MacQueen

25 Making the New Europe: European Integration since 1950 327
Piers Ludlow

26 The Making of Modern Southeast Asia in the Age of Decolonization and the Cold War 340
Kevin Ruane

27 The Middle East, 1945–1991: The Making of a Mare's Nest 354
Saul Kelly

28 The Sino-Soviet Alliance 366
Sergey Radchenko

Part V A New World Order? 379

29 The Collapse of the Soviet Union and the End of the Cold War 381
Martin McCauley

30 War and Peace in the Global Community, 1989–2001 394
Lloyd E. Ambrosius

31 Globalization 408
Alfred E. Eckes

32 Terrorism: September 11, 2001 and its Consequences 422
Michael Bauer

Bibliography 437

Index 459

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