This last century of European history is situated between a violent and authoritarian past and the dawn of a more democratic and peaceful period--an era that may represent the future. Written in a vivid and accessible style, A History of Europe in the Twentieth Century examines the continent's descent into the turmoil of two world wars, the tense cold war standoff between the victors, and finally the beginning of a more tranquil and egalitarian age. Rather than viewing Europe's history from an outdated perspective colored by cold war ideology, Eric Dorn Brose discusses these topics from a contemporary point of view, looking backward at the total impact of major events on the European world.
A History of Europe in the Twentieth Century is organized chronologically around five main themes:
* war and the quest for alternatives
* ethnic and racial belligerency and the effort to create harmony
* authoritarianism and the struggle for democracy
* technological revolutions and systems
* elite and popular culture
This thematic approach allows students to focus on separate specific aspects of the history of this troubled century, while striving for a composite view. Brose also dedicates special subsections of the text to extensive discussions of the peace movement, gender relations, the Holocaust, cultural developments, the rise of the EU, and today's terrorist threats. Each chapter begins with a vignette related to chapter themes and subject matter. There is also a historiographical component to A History of Europe in the Twentieth Century, making it ideal for upper-level undergraduate and graduate courses in twentieth-century Europe.
Table of Contents Acknowledgments List of Maps Introduction Themes Sources I. "A Specter is Haunting Europe" Ethnic Diversity and the Rise of the Great Nation-States Industrialization and Imperialism European Society The Upper Classes The Social Question The Second International The Hague II. Europe before the Great War Escalating International Tensions Wars and Crises, 1899-1907 Peace Efforts Advent of the Dragon, 1908-1914 Long-Term Origins of the War Political Turmoil Inside Europe Class Relations Women Ethnic Tensions Variations of Modernist Culture The July Crisis III. The Great War and Beyond War of Attrition Home Fronts Britain and France Italy, Austria-Hungary, and Germany Russia and the West in 1917 Germany and the War's End 1917-1918 The Turbulent Era of the Peace Treaties The Setting: Violence Continues The Paris Settlement The Paris Settlement The Fighting Runs Its Course War's Effects on Men and Women IV. The Illusion of Peace and Democracy The League of Nations 1919-1929 The Great Powers and the League The Era of Locarno Cultural Bellwethers The Cultural Aftermath Anti-War and Pro-War Novels Weimar Culture Freud Popular Culture Democracies Young and Old The Successor States of Eastern Europe Young Democracies with Nationalist Grievances The Democracies of Northern and Western Europe Democracy in Ireland The Democratic Balance Communist Rules in Russia V. Toward the Cataclysm The Great Depression The Crisis of Democracy and the Failure of the League The Rise of the Nazis The League Disarmament Conference The Ebb of Democracy The Interaction of Domestic and Foreign Policy Italy Germany France Spain Britain The Neutral States The Soviet Union Digression: Culture Under Totalitarianism Germany and War Again VI. World War Two Blitzkrieg 1939-1941 The Decline of the Axis 1942-1944 Life in Occupied Europe The Nazi New Order The Resistance Genocide From D-Day to V-E Day 1944-1945 VII. Ruin, Reconstruction, and Recrimination Culture Between War and Cold War Visions of New World and European Orders Cold War Communism Is East Developments in Eastern Europe Political Life in the U.S.S.R Democracy Is West The End of Empire European Integration Socialist Market Economies The Functioning of Democracy Gender Relations Democratic Soft Spots in Greece, Italy, France, and West Germany VIII. Europe and America Berlin and Cuba Capitalism, Communism, and Consumerism To Americanize or Not The Contemporary Technological System Between West and East IX. The Widening and Deepening of Democracy 1968 Hard Times Eurocommunism and the Spread of Democracy in Southern Europe Closer Union The Irish Troubles Democratization in West Germany Women's Equality Environmentalism The Democratic Balance X. The Fall of Communism The Détente Interlude Economic Doldrums Dissent and the Coming of Gorbachev East Bloc Troubles and the 1989 Revolutions The Disintegration of the Soviet Union XI. Contemporary History The View from Brussels The Croatian and Bosnian Tragedies The Young Democracies of Eastern Europe The European Monetary Union (EMU) Post-Communist Russia Terrorism and Sectarian Violence Touring Europe's Horizons in the Early Twenty-First Century Notes Index
Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 548
Published: 1st October 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.6
Weight (kg): 0.76