A History of Europe in the Twentieth Century / Edition 1

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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 Rather than viewing Europe's history from an outdated perspective colored by cold war ideology, Eric Dorn Brose discusses these topics from a contemporary point of view, looking backward at the total impact of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: 9780195135718
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/23/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 548
  • Sales rank: 1,322,608
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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Drexel University
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Table of Contents

List of Maps
I. "A Specter is Haunting Europe"
Ethnic Diversity and the Rise of the Great Nation-States
Industrialization and Imperialism
European Society
The Upper Classes
The Social Question
The Second International
The Hague
II. Europe before the Great War
Escalating International Tensions
Wars and Crises, 1899-1907
Peace Efforts
Advent of the Dragon, 1908-1914
Long-Term Origins of the War
Political Turmoil Inside Europe
Class Relations
Ethnic Tensions
Variations of Modernist Culture
The July Crisis
III. The Great War and Beyond
War of Attrition
Home Fronts
Britain and France
Italy, Austria-Hungary, and Germany
Russia and the West in 1917
Germany and the War's End 1917-1918
The Turbulent Era of the Peace Treaties
The Setting: Violence Continues
The Paris Settlement
The Paris Settlement
The Fighting Runs Its Course
War's Effects on Men and Women
IV. The Illusion of Peace and Democracy
The League of Nations 1919-1929
The Great Powers and the League
The Era of Locarno
Cultural Bellwethers
The Cultural Aftermath
Anti-War and Pro-War Novels
Weimar Culture
Popular Culture
Democracies Young and Old
The Successor States of Eastern Europe
Young Democracies with Nationalist Grievances
The Democracies of Northern and Western Europe
Democracy in Ireland
The Democratic Balance
Communist Rules in Russia
V. Toward the Cataclysm
The Great Depression
The Crisis of Democracy and the Failure of the
The Rise of the Nazis
The League Disarmament Conference
The Ebb of Democracy
The Interaction of Domestic and Foreign Policy
The Neutral States
The Soviet Union
Digression: Culture Under Totalitarianism
Germany and War Again
VI. World War Two
Blitzkrieg 1939-1941
The Decline of the Axis 1942-1944
Life in Occupied Europe
The Nazi New Order
The Resistance
From D-Day to V-E Day 1944-1945
VII. Ruin, Reconstruction, and Recrimination
Culture Between War and Cold War
Visions of New World and European Orders
Cold War
Communism Is East
Developments in Eastern Europe
Political Life in the U.S.S.R
Democracy Is West
The End of Empire
European Integration
Socialist Market Economies
The Functioning of Democracy
Gender Relations
Democratic Soft Spots in Greece, Italy, France, and West Germany
VIII. Europe and America
Berlin and Cuba
Capitalism, Communism, and Consumerism
To Americanize or Not
The Contemporary Technological System Between West and East
IX. The Widening and Deepening of Democracy
Hard Times
Eurocommunism and the Spread of Democracy in Southern Europe
Closer Union
The Irish Troubles
Democratization in West Germany
Women's Equality
The Democratic Balance
X. The Fall of Communism
The Détente Interlude
Economic Doldrums
Dissent and the Coming of Gorbachev
East Bloc Troubles and the 1989 Revolutions
The Disintegration of the Soviet Union
XI. Contemporary History
The View from Brussels
The Croatian and Bosnian Tragedies
The Young Democracies of Eastern Europe
The European Monetary Union (EMU)
Post-Communist Russia
Terrorism and Sectarian Violence
Touring Europe's Horizons in the Early Twenty-First Century

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