Twentieth-Century Europe

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This insightful study explores the proposition that the idea of European unity makes sense when there is more that unites Europe than divides it, and then asks when that has been true during the past hundred years. Providing the historical context necessary to fully understand the complexity surrounding the European Union beginning with the fundamental definition of what "Europe" means, the book cites specific examples of European cooperation during the past hundred years with particular attention to the last ...

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Overview

This insightful study explores the proposition that the idea of European unity makes sense when there is more that unites Europe than divides it, and then asks when that has been true during the past hundred years. Providing the historical context necessary to fully understand the complexity surrounding the European Union beginning with the fundamental definition of what "Europe" means, the book cites specific examples of European cooperation during the past hundred years with particular attention to the last decade of the twentieth century. By emphasizing the vital dimension of historical perspective over more immediate European integration issues such as the euro and constitution, the author demonstrates that Europe's complex history is as much about the destinies and competing claims of the smaller nations as of the larger states.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780340740552
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 5/26/2006
  • Series: Hodder Arnold Publication Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

P.M.H. Bell was formerly Reader in History at the University of Liverpool.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : what is Europe? : a historical perspective 1
Pt. 1 Europe before 1914
Ch. 1 The land of lost content 13
Ch. 2 The diversity of Europe : contrasts and divisions 33
Pt. 2 The First World War and the destruction of Europe, 1914-1918
Ch. 3 The tragic mystery of 1914 43
Ch. 4 The Great War and the end of the old Europe 57
Pt. 3 The illusion of peace and the Europe of the -isms, 1919-1939
Ch. 5 Europe survives, 1919-1929 79
Ch. 6 Dangers and disasters, 1929-1939 101
Pt. 4 The Second World War, 1939-1945
Ch. 7 The initial triumphs of Germany, 1939-1942 125
Ch. 8 The Allied victory and the division of Europe, 1942-1945 137
Pt. 5 The great divide : West and East, 1945-1989
Ch. 9 Western Europe, 1945-1961 149
Ch. 10 Eastern Europe, 1945-1961 169
Ch. 11 The development of Western Europe, 1961-1989 183
Ch. 12 Eastern Europe, 1961-1989 203
Pt. 6 Europe in our own time
Ch. 13 East meets West? : 1990-1999 217
Ch. 14 A new Europe? : but what Europe? 2000-2004 243
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