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The Human Tradition in Modern Europe, 1750 to the Present
     

The Human Tradition in Modern Europe, 1750 to the Present

by Cora Granata (Editor), Cheryl A. Koos (Editor), Karin Breuer (Contribution by), Helen Harden Chenut (Contribution by), John Cox (Contribution by)
 

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This engaging and humanizing text traces the development of Europe since the mid-eighteenth century through the lives of people of the time. Capturing key moments, themes, and events in the continent's turbulent modern past, the book explores how ordinary Europeans both shaped their societies and were affected by larger historical processes. By focusing on the

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This engaging and humanizing text traces the development of Europe since the mid-eighteenth century through the lives of people of the time. Capturing key moments, themes, and events in the continent's turbulent modern past, the book explores how ordinary Europeans both shaped their societies and were affected by larger historical processes. By focusing on the lives of individual actors, both famous and obscure, students can gain a sense for how the well-known revolutions, wars, and social transformations of the modern era were experienced in private homes, work places, political forums, and on battlefields throughout the region.

Fittingly, the book opens with the French Revolution and concludes with the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of Eastern European communism. Throughout, the contributors use compelling biographies to examine many of the major events and developments in European history, including the age of reaction and revolutions in the early nineteenth century; industrialization; Victorianism; new imperialism; fin de siècle culture; the first and second World Wars; the Russian Revolution; Italian fascism, Nazism, the Holocaust, and decolonization; Americanization; and the 1968 youth revolts.

Contributions by: Karin Breuer, Helen Harden Chenut, John Cox, Stephen P. Frank, Cora Granata, Maura E. Hametz, Michael Kilburn, Cheryl A. Koos, Robert A. McLain, Karen Petrone, Paolo Scrivano, Alyssa Goldstein Sepinwall, Matthew G. Stanard, Michele M. Strong, and Patricia Tilburg

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November 2008 CHOICE
Well-researched....Bottom line: of greatest interest and utility for beginning students in survey courses. Recommended.
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Well-researched. . . . Bottom line: of greatest interest and utility for beginning students in survey courses. Recommended.
Elinor Accampo
This exciting collection of essays lends a fresh perspective on enduring themes that form the core of modern European history. It engages students in critical historical moments by highlighting the best of the human spirit in victories, small and large, against oppression or on behalf of creative and unusual paths to liberation.
Rachel Fuchs
An ideal volume of selected readings for courses on Western civilization and modern Europe. The editors' introductions to each essay paint the broad picture, placing each in its historical context in a manner easily accessible to students. Taken together, the chapters illustrate the complexities and range of the human experience, paying attention to gender and race within a larger socio-political and cultural arena. The focus on individuals—on ordinary women and men as agents of historical change—makes this volume of original research unique and of great interest.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742554108
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
12/24/2007
Series:
Human Tradition around the World Series
Pages:
244
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.34(h) x 0.87(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Cora Granata is associate professor of history at California State University, Fullerton. Cheryl A. Koos is associate professor of history at California State University, Los Angeles.

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