A History of Europe in the Twentieth Century

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byEric Dorn Brose

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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'sdescent 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 Rather than viewing Europe's history from an outdated perspective colored by cold war ideology, Eric Dorn Brose discusses these topics from acontemporary point of view, looking backward at the total impact of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, culturaldevelopments, 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 graduatecourses in twentieth-century Europe.

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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'sdescent into the turmoil of two world wars,...

Eric Dorn Brose is at Drexel University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:548 pages, 6.1 × 9.09 × 1.18 inPublished:September 21, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsList of MapsIntroductionThemesSourcesI. "A Specter is Haunting Europe"Ethnic Diversity and the Rise of the Great Nation-StatesIndustrialization and ImperialismEuropean SocietyThe Upper ClassesThe Social QuestionThe Second InternationalThe HagueII. Europe before the Great WarEscalating International TensionsWars and Crises, 1899-1907Peace EffortsAdvent of the Dragon, 1908-1914Long-Term Origins of the WarPolitical Turmoil Inside EuropeClass RelationsWomenEthnic TensionsVariations of Modernist CultureThe July CrisisIII. The Great War and BeyondWar of AttritionHome FrontsBritain and FranceItaly, Austria-Hungary, and GermanyRussia and the West in 1917Germany and the War's End 1917-1918The Turbulent Era of the Peace TreatiesThe Setting: Violence ContinuesThe Paris SettlementThe Paris SettlementThe Fighting Runs Its CourseWar's Effects on Men and WomenIV. The Illusion of Peace and DemocracyThe League of Nations 1919-1929The Great Powers and the LeagueThe Era of LocarnoCultural BellwethersThe Cultural AftermathAnti-War and Pro-War NovelsWeimar CultureFreudPopular CultureDemocracies Young and OldThe Successor States of Eastern EuropeYoung Democracies with Nationalist GrievancesThe Democracies of Northern and Western EuropeDemocracy in IrelandThe Democratic BalanceCommunist Rules in RussiaV. Toward the CataclysmThe Great DepressionThe Crisis of Democracy and the Failure of theLeagueThe Rise of the NazisThe League Disarmament ConferenceThe Ebb of DemocracyThe Interaction of Domestic and Foreign PolicyItalyGermanyFranceSpainBritainThe Neutral StatesThe Soviet UnionDigression: Culture Under TotalitarianismGermany and War AgainVI. World War TwoBlitzkrieg 1939-1941The Decline of the Axis 1942-1944Life in Occupied EuropeThe Nazi New OrderThe ResistanceGenocideFrom D-Day to V-E Day 1944-1945VII. Ruin, Reconstruction, and RecriminationCulture Between War and Cold WarVisions of New World and European OrdersCold WarCommunism Is EastDevelopments in Eastern EuropePolitical Life in the U.S.S.RDemocracy Is WestThe End of EmpireEuropean IntegrationSocialist Market EconomiesThe Functioning of DemocracyGender RelationsDemocratic Soft Spots in Greece, Italy, France, and West GermanyVIII. Europe and AmericaBerlin and CubaCapitalism, Communism, and ConsumerismTo Americanize or NotThe Contemporary Technological System Between West and EastIX. The Widening and Deepening of Democracy1968Hard TimesEurocommunism and the Spread of Democracy in Southern EuropeCloser UnionThe Irish TroublesDemocratization in West GermanyWomen's EqualityEnvironmentalismThe Democratic BalanceX. The Fall of CommunismThe Detente InterludeEconomic DoldrumsDissent and the Coming of GorbachevEast Bloc Troubles and the 1989 RevolutionsThe Disintegration of the Soviet UnionXI. Contemporary HistoryThe View from BrusselsThe Croatian and Bosnian TragediesThe Young Democracies of Eastern EuropeThe European Monetary Union (EMU)Post-Communist RussiaTerrorism and Sectarian ViolenceTouring Europe's Horizons in the Early Twenty-First CenturyNotesIndex