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*What is the nature of total war?
*How do wars come to happen?
*What are the consequences of war?
In exploring these four key themes, this collection provides a major resource for the study of twentieth century European history and exemplifies different historical methods and approaches. The authors are drawn from a range of disciplines including those of economics, literature and the arts as well as military, social and political history, and together they raise some of the most significant problems and debates in the study of history. The essays range from standard seminal works by Stanley Hoffmann, Arno J. Mayer and Charles Maier to more recent contributions by Richard Bessell, Mark Harrison and Hew Strachan.
This is an important reader for all students of modern European history.
The persistence of the old regime
The birth of the modern
The origins of the war
Italian peasant women and the first world war
Germany after the First World War
Recasting bourgeois Europe
Hitler's foreign policy
Hitler's war and the German economy a reinterpretation
One day in Jozefow initiation to mass murder
The effects of World War II on French society and politics
The 'levelling of class'
the Soviet response, 1941
World War II and the social change in Germany