The Columbia History of the 20th Century / Edition 1

The Columbia History of the 20th Century / Edition 1

by Richard W. Bulliet
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Columbia University Press

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The Columbia History of the 20th Century / Edition 1

In the parade of highlights with which many have tried to sum up the twentieth century, the overarching patterns and fundamental transformations often fail to come into focus. The Columbia History of the 20th Century, however, is much more than a chronicle of the previous century's front-page news. Instead, the book is a series of twenty-three linked interpretive essays on the most significant developments in modern times—ranging from athletics to art, the economy to the environment.

Rather than presenting a linear narrative, each author uncovers patterns of worldwide change. James Mayall, for example, writes on nationalism from the rise of European fascism to the rise of Asian and African nations; Sheila Fitzpatrick traces the history of communism and socialism in Moscow and Havana. In her chapter on women and gender, Rosalind Rosenberg covers the progress of women's rights throughout the world, from Middle Eastern activism to the American feminist movement. Jean-Marc Ran Oppenheim's history of sports traces the spread of Western sports to all corners of the globe and the West's appropriation of such activities as martial arts. In each, the important strands of history—events, ideas, leading figures, issues—come together to offer an illuminating look at cultural connection, diffusion, and conflict, showing in stark relief how this period has been unlike any preceding era of human history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780231076296
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 04/20/2000
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 672
Product dimensions: 5.78(w) x 8.97(h) x 1.63(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction, Richard W. Bulliet
1. High Culture, Richard W. Bulliet
2. Popular Culture, Richard W. Bulliet
3. The "Woman Question", Rosalind Rosenberg
4. Religion, Zachary Karabell
5. Athletics: Play and Politics, Jean-Marc Ran Oppenheim
6. Ethnicity and Racism, J. Paul Martin
7. Imperialism and Decolonization, Ainslee Embree
8. Nationalism, James Mayall
9. Socialism and Communism, Sheila Fitzpatrick
10. The International Order, Akira Iriye
11. War: Institution Without Portfolio, Robert L. O'Connell
12. Industry and Business, William N. Parker
13. Money and Economic Change, William C. McNeil
14. Technology and Invention, Christopher Freeman
15. Agriculture: Crops, Livestock, and Farmers, B. F. Stanton
16. Communications, Jahan Salehi and Richard W. Bulliet
17. Transportation, John C. Spychalski
18. Scientific Thought, Eric Holtzman
19. Paths to Discovery, Neil Degrasse Tyson
20. Twentieth-Century Medicine, David Rosner
21. Ecology and the Environment, Mary Corliss Pearl
22. Cities, Kenneth T. Jackson
23. Demography and Population Movements, Georges Sabagh
24. Epilogue: The Twenty-first Century, Richard W. Bulliet

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