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Where Have All the Soldiers Gone?: The Transformation of Modern Europe
     

Where Have All the Soldiers Gone?: The Transformation of Modern Europe

by James J. Sheehan
 

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ISBN-10: 0547086334

ISBN-13: 9780547086330

Pub. Date: 01/13/2009

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt


In this lively and ambitious book, James Sheehan charts what is perhaps the most radical shift in Europe’s history: its transformation from war-torn battlefield to peaceful, prosperous society. For centuries, war was Europe’s defining narrative, affecting every aspect of political, social, and cultural life. But afterWorldWar II, Europe began to

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In this lively and ambitious book, James Sheehan charts what is perhaps the most radical shift in Europe’s history: its transformation from war-torn battlefield to peaceful, prosperous society. For centuries, war was Europe’s defining narrative, affecting every aspect of political, social, and cultural life. But afterWorldWar II, Europe began to reimagine statehood, rejecting ballooning defense budgets in favor of material well-being, social stability, and economic growth.
Where Have All the Soldiers Gone? reveals how and why this happened, and what it means for America and the rest of the world.
With remarkable insight and clarity, Sheehan covers the major intellectual and political events in Europe over the past one hundred years, from the pacifist and militarist movements of the early twentieth century and two catastrophic world wars to the fall of the BerlinWall and the heated debate over Iraq.This authoritative history provides much-needed context for understanding the fractured era in which we live.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780547086330
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
01/13/2009
Edition description:
None
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
554,231
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Prologue: War and Peace in the Twentieth Century xiii

Part I : Living in Peace, Preparing for War, 1900–1914 1. “Without War, There Would Be No State” 3 2. Pacifism and Militarism 22 3. Europeans in a Violent World 42

Part II: A World Made by War, 1914–1945 4. War and Revolution 69 5. The Twenty-Year Truce 92 6. The Last European War 119

Part III : States Without War 7. The Foundations of the Postwar World 147 8. The Rise of the Civilian State 172 9. Why Europe Will Not Become a Superpower 198

Epilogue: The Future of the Civilian State 222 Notes 231 Bibliography 245 Index 261

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