DescriptionThis book provides readers with an introduction to the complex era from 1878 to the end of World War I.
Preface to the First Edition.
1. The End of 'Moral Order': Metropolis.
The Liberal Revolution.
The 'Great Depression.'.
'Transformism': The Politics of the 1880s.
2. Strange Death, 1890-1914: The New Course.
'National Efficiency' and Sammlungspolitik, 1896-1904.
1905: The Ghost of 1848.
The Ghost of Bonapartism: Réveil National, 1910-1914.
3. The Great Powers of Europe: International Relations, 1897-1914.
4. War and Revolution, 1914-1918.
'Gift from Mars.'.
The War, 1914-1918.
5. New Structure: The Cultural Revolution of 1900.
"The general reader, after deep gulps of prose, will wonder why they were ever led to think that history is a dull subject. Stone's fellow professionals will only be able to take his narrative in small doses, needing frequent pauses to think, snort or wriggle with envy." The Spectator
'This is a facinating book, elegant, witty, original, informative and many-sided...The general reader, after deep gulps of prose, will wonder why they were ever led to think that history is a dull subject. His fellow professionals will only be able to take his narrative in small doses, needing frequent pauses to think, snort or wriggle with envy... There really cannot have been a teacher like Norman Stone for many years, and his readers will now jealously compete with his pupils for his time.' John Keeganm Spectator
* Now include substantial additional coverage of the formation of Yugoslavia.
* Explores cultural developments as well as politics, war and revolution.