Europe 1890-1945

Europe 1890-1945 : Crisis and Conflict

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The first half of the twentieth century was of one of the most turbulent periods in Europe's history. While social theorists challenged orthodox ways of thinking about the establishment of a "good society," scientists offered up new visions of the workings of the universe. Women fought for increased power within the altered social landscape, and change and controversy reigned in the worlds of art and culture. The chaos of world politics ushered in the two great wars, which would forever alter Europe's position in the world. Europe, 1890-1945 offers a concise, accessible overview of this tumultuous time period. It provides a clear outline of the political events that shaped the age and offers a discussion of the seismic shifts in social and cultural landscapes. Topics covered include the rise of modernism in the arts, Social Darwinism and its effects on theories of race, the making of "national" identities, the origins of the modern ecology movement, and the changing roles of women in an era of war and violence. The authors thoroughly analyze the causes and effects of the two great wars, while reaching beyond Europe to discuss the events in the United States, Africa, and Asia that contributed to the evolving face of world politics. With nine maps for easy reference, chapter summaries to aid in reader comprehension, a detailed chronology, and twenty-four photographs, Europe, 1890-1945 is an ideal text for undergraduate courses that explore the crisis and conflict that governed the early twentieth-century European more

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  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 157.48 x 236.22 x 17.78mm | 430.91g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • numerous halftones and maps
  • 0195154509
  • 9780195154504

Table of contents

1. THE NEW AGE ; European Peoples ; The Creative Passion ; The New Sciences ; New Visions of Society ; Freud and the Science of the Mind ; New Women ; Summary ; 2. THE MODERNIZATION OF NATIONS ; Political Ideas ; Britain: Toward Democracy and Crisis ; France: The Third Republic, 1890-1914 ; Italy: Unity and Frustration ; Germany: The Nation-State ; Austria Hungary: Dividing Humanity into Nations ; Imperial Russia: The Struggle for Modernity ; The Autocratic Monarchies in 1914 ; The United States: The Emerging Great Power ; Summary ; 3. GREAT WAR, GREAT REVOLUTION ; Causes of the War ; The Course of the War ; The Home Fronts ; The Peace Settlements ; The Russian Revolution of 1917 ; The Environment ; Summary ; 4. BETWEEN THE WARS: A TWENTY-YEAR CRISIS ; The First Triumph of Fascism: Italy ; The Weimar Republic: Germany, 1918-1933 ; Germany Under Hitler, 1933-1939 ; Authoritarianism in Iberia ; Successor States to the Habsburg Empire ; Other Authoritarian Regimes in Europe ; The Soviet Union ; Summary ; 5. THE DEMOCRACIES AND THE NON-WESTERN WORLD ; Great Britain ; France ; The United States ; The East Meets the West: Western History and World History ; Summary ; 6. THE SECOND WORLD WAR AND ITS AFTERMATH ; International Politics Between the Wars ; The Road to War, 1931-1939 ; World War II, 1939-1942 ; Victory for the United Nations ; Aftermath ; Summary ; Chronology ; Suggested Readingsshow more

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