The Lights that Failed: European International History 1919-1933

Paperback | August 3, 2007

byZara Steiner

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The peace treaties represented an almost impossible attempt to solve the problems caused by a murderous world war. In The Lights that Failed: European International History 1919-1933, part of the Oxford History of Modern Europe series, Steiner challenges the common assumption that the Treatyof Versailles led to the opening of a second European war. In a radically original way, this book characterizes the 1920s not as a frustrated prelude to a second global conflict but as a fascinating decade in its own right, when politicians and diplomats strove to re-assemble a viable Europeanorder. Steiner examines the efforts that failed but also those which gave hope for future promise, many of which are usually underestimated, if not ignored. She shows that an equilibrium was achieved, attained between a partial American withdrawal from Europe and the self-imposed constraints whichthe Soviet system imposed on exporting revolution. The stabilization painfully achieved in Europe reached it fragile limits after 1925, even prior to the financial crises that engulfed the continent. The hinge years between the great crash of 1929 and Hitler's achievement of power in 1933devastatingly altered the balance between nationalism and internationalism. This wide-ranging study helps us grasp the decisive stages in this process. In a second volume, The Triumph of the Night , Steiner will examine the immediate lead up to the Second World War and its early years.

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The peace treaties represented an almost impossible attempt to solve the problems caused by a murderous world war. In The Lights that Failed: European International History 1919-1933, part of the Oxford History of Modern Europe series, Steiner challenges the common assumption that the Treatyof Versailles led to the opening of a second ...

Zara Steiner is Emeritus Fellow, New Hall, University of Cambridge.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:960 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.89 inPublished:August 3, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Part I: The Reconstruction of Europe, 1918-19291. The Hall of Mirrors: Peacemaking in the West2. Distant Frontiers: Peacemaking in the East3. Revolution from the Left: The Soviet Union and the Post-War Settlement4. The Primacy of Economics: Reconstruction in Western Europe, 1919-19245. The Primacy of Nationalism: Reconstruction in Eastern and Central Europe6. Revolution from the Right: Italy, 1919-257. The Geneva Dream: The League of Nations and Post-War Internationalism8. New Dawn? Stabilisation in Western Europe after Locarno9. Faltering Reconstruction: Cracks in the Locarno Facade10. Troubled Waters: Uncertainties in Italy, Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union11. Faltering Internationalism: Disarmament and Security after LocarnoConclusion: Europe Reconstructed?Part II: The Hinge Years, 1930-193312. The Diplomacy of the Depression: Economics and Foreign Policy13. Beyond Europe: The Manchurian Crisis14. The Poisoned Chalice: The Pursuit of DisarmamentConclusion: The Hinge YearsAppendicesSelect Bibliography

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