The last fifty years have seen the world brought closer together than ever before by changes in global travel and communications. At the same time, however, it has been made more fragmented, divided by race, religion and material inequality - while some of us surf the internet, for many the goal is still basic electricity.
David Reynolds's epic history encompasses this diversity, sweeping across the major dramatic political and economic upheavals, and also giving a lively overview of social change, from cities and cars, TV and computers to women's, gay and civil rights, pop music and the pill. Drawing on an immense range of recent research, this is a compelling chronicle of our times.
About the Author
David Reynolds is Fellow of Christ's College Cambridge. His previous books include The Creation of the Anglo-American Alliance and Rich Relations: The American Occupation of Britain.
1. The Mushroom Cloud and the Iron Curtain - 1
2. Communist Revolutions, Asian Style - 37
3. Legacies of Empire - 67
4. Two Europes, two Germanies - 108
5. Cities and Consumers - 136
6. Eyeball to Eyeball, Shoulder to Shoulder - 166
7. Colour, Creed and Coups - 200
8. East Wind, West Wind - 249
9. Cultures and Families - 289
10. Superpower Detente, Communist Confrontation - 322
11. Israel, Oil and Islam - 369
12. Capitalist Revolutions, Asian Style - 403
13. Challenges for the West - 452
14. Chips and Genes - 494
15. The Crisis of Communism - 539
16. States, Earth and Order after the Cold War - 586
17. Goods and Values - 644
Epilogue - 693
Series: Penguin History Ser.
Number Of Pages: 928
Published: 31st May 2001
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.9
Weight (kg): 0.67
Edition Number: 1