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Twentieth-Century Europe: A Brief History, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-0-88295-235-2
August 2005, ©2005, Wiley-Blackwell
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Likes its predecessor, the second edition of Twentieth-Century Europe remains a concise, affordable text in one volume, making it the perfect general introduction to a century of both great achievements and unimaginable barbarism.

Though mainly political in focus, the narrative is enriched by thoughtful descriptions of major artistic movements—introducing readers to important figures in literature, visual arts, music—and the emergence and growth of popular culture in its many forms.

Now updated with an entirely new chapter that closes out the twentieth century, thematic unit openers, chronologies, new photographs, and new lists of suggested readings and films.

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Table of Contents

Preface vii

Part One Overview: 1900-1919 1

Chapter 1 Before the Deluge: Europe, 1900-1914 5

Chapter 2 The Great War, 1914-1917 27

Chapter 3 Revolution and Peacemaking, 1917-1919 45

Part Two Overview: 1919-1939 63

Chapter 4 Aftershocks of the Great War 67

Chapter 5 Recovery and Prosperity, 1919-1929 85

Chapter 6 From Depression to War, 1929-1939 103

Part Three Overview: 1939-1967 123

Chapter 7 Armageddon: Europe in World War II, 1939-1945 127

Chapter 8 Cold War and Decolonization, 1945-1961 149

Chapter 9 Out of the Ashes: From Stunde Null to a New Golden Age, 1945-1967 167

Part Four Overview: 1968-Present 193

Chapter 10 Metamorphosis: An Era of Revolutionary Change, 1968-1989 199

Chapter 11 New Realities for a New Age 225

Chapter 12 Charting a New Course: Europe in the 1990s and Beyond

Appendix I Additional Sources 265

Appendix II Abbreviations and Acronyms 268

Index 273


Europe in 1914 29

Europe Between the Wars 57

Europe During the Cold War 161

Europe in the 1990s 222

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Author Information

Michael D. Richards, Samford Professor of History at Sweet Briar College, retired from the college in 2004 after thirty-eight years of teaching. He holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Tulsa and a Ph.D. from Duke University. A Fulbright-Hayes Scholar in the Netherlands, Dr. Richards also was an NEH Fellow at UCLA. The author of Revolutions in World History (2003), he has published several book chapters and articles and reviews in scholarly journals, periodicals, and reference works. He also has written for the History News Service. Dr. Richards currently is Policy Coordinator and Vice President of Population-Environment Balance, a national nonprofit organization in Washington, D.C.

Paul R. Waibel is professor of history at Belhaven College. He is the author of Politics of Accommodation (1983), Quiknotes: Christian History (2000), and numerous articles and reviews in scholarly journal, periodicals, reference works, and anthologies. Professor Waibel holds degrees in history from Lynchburg College, Virginia Tech. and West Virginia University. He was a Fulbright-Hayes Scholar at the University Bonn, Germany, and an NEH Fellow at UC Berkeley.

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