The Oxford History of Twentieth Century
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In 1900 Queen Victoria still ruled over the British Empire, the imperial Manchu dynasty over China, and the Romanov Tsars over Russia. The cinema was in its infancy, with radio and television still to be developed. The earliest cars were on the road, but air travel was yet to come. Before antibiotics and effective vaccines against many common diseases, death rates were high. Over the course of the twentieth century, the human population of the world tripled, space travel left the realms of science fiction and became reality, two cataclysmic world wars and a host of other conflicts were fought, the internal combustion engine replaced the horse as the basic means of transport, and computer technology revolutionized communications. In this ambitious book, some of the most distinguished historians in the world survey the momentous events and the significant themes of recent times, with a look forward to what the future might bring.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 480 pages
  • 118 x 190 x 28mm | 458.14g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reissue
  • halftone chapter openers
  • 0192803786
  • 9780192803788
  • 134,201

About Michael Howard

Sir Michael Howard CBE is Emeritus Professor of Modern History at both Oxford and Yale University. His many books include The Causes of War, War in European History, The Lessons of History, The Invention of Peace, War and the Liberal Conscience, The Franco-Prussian War (Duff Cooper Memorial Prize), Studies in War and Peace (Wolfson History Prize), and, most recently, The First World War. Professor Wm Roger Louis D.Litt is Kerr Professor of English History and Culture at the University of Texas at Austin and an Associate Fellow of St Antony's College, Oxford.show more

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It's an impressive survey, deftly handled and wise in its judgements. * Trevor Royle, Scotland on Sunday * splendid, edited by two distinguished historians who have assembled a team of over 20 scholars outstanding in their comprehensive precision and clarity ... this book is a solid, readable and reliable guide to the past century. Most readers will be pleased, and often surprised, by the skill with which its complex events have been set in their context. * David Killingray, Third Way * possibly the two men in the English-speaking world best qualified to edit such a compilation ... this is pre-eminently a book for the general reader ... They write with such style and panache as well as obvious mastery of their subjects, and one reads them as much for pleasure as for instruction. ... This is a book to be heartily recommended. * Philip Ziegler, The Daily Telegraph * Refreshing * New Scientist * Review from previous edition makes other denizens of the depot look like slowcoaches. ... The editors, both of irresistible persuasiveness and prestige, have secured, in most cases, the best-qualified contributors in the world. ...Most of the regional and chronological chapters are composed by masters of summation. ... This is a small book but a big achievement: a model of ambition without pretension, of compression without compromises. * Felipe Fernandez-Armesto, The Times *show more

Table of contents

1. The Dawn of the Century ; 2. Communications, Disease, and Demography ; 3. Understanding the Universe ; 4. The Expansion of Knowledge ; 5. The Growth of a World Economy ; 6. The Growth of a Global Culture ; 7. The Visual Arts ; 8. European Empires and Emerging Nationalism ; 9. Europe in the Age of Two World Wars ; 10. The Russian Empire and the Soviet Union ; 11. The United States 1900-1945 ; 12. East Asia and the Emergence of Japan ; 13. The Confrontation of the Superpowers ; 14. The United States since 1945 ; 15. The Soviet Union and Beyond ; 16. The Remaking of Europe ; 17. East Asia ; 18. China ; 19. South-East Asia ; 20. South Asia ; 21. North Africa and the Middle East ; 22. Africa ; 23. Latin America ; 24. The Old Commonwealth: The First Four Dominions ; 25. Towards an International Community? The United Nations and International Law ; 26. The Close of the Century ; 27. Towards the Twenty-first Century: New Problems, New Opportunities ; Chronology ; Further Reading ; Indexshow more

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