The Oxford History of the Twentieth Century

The Oxford History of the 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 has tripled, space travel has left the realms of science fiction and become reality, two cataclysmic world wars and a host of other conflicts have been fought, the internal combustion engine has replaced the horse as the basic means of transport, computer technology has revolutionized communications. In this book, some of the most distinguished historians in the world survey the momentous events and the significant themes of recent and contemporary times, with a look forward to what the future might bring. They trace the continuities which have persisted over a hundred years and analyse the changes which have marked the century's progress.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 480 pages
  • 137.4 x 215.1 x 35.3mm | 589.68g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 12pp colour and 48pp b&w illustrations, 3 figures
  • 0192853708
  • 9780192853707

Table of contents

1. The Dawn of the Century Michael Howard. 2. Demography and Urbanization William H. McNeill. 3. The Great Reduction: Physics in the Twentieth Century Steve Weinberg. 4. The Expansion of Knowledge John Maddox. 5. The Growth of a World Economy Robert Skidelsky. 6. The Growth of a Global Culture Alan Ryan. 7. The Visual Arts Norbert Lynton. 8. European Empires and Emerging Nationalism Wm Roger Louis. 9. Europe in the Age of Two World Wars Michael Howard. 10. The Russian Empire and the Soviet Union Richard Stites. 11. The United States 1900-1945 Hugh Brogan. 12. East Asia and the Emergence of Japan Akira Iriye. 13. The Confrontation of the Superpowers Lawrence Freedman. 14. The United States since 1945 James Patterson. 15. The Soviet Union and Beyond Archie Brown. 16. The Remaking of Europe Anne Deighton. 17. East Asia Akira Iriye. 18. China Jonathan Spence. 19. South-East Asia Michael Leifer. 20. South Asia Judith Brown. 21. North Africa and the Middle East Roger Owen. 22. Africa Terence Ranger. 23. Latin America Alan Knight. 24. The Old Commonwealth: The First Four Dominions Peter Lyon. 25. Towards an International Community? The United Nations and International Law Adam Roberts. 26. The Close of the Century Wm Roger Louis. 27. Towards the Twenty-First Century Ralf Dahrendorf. Chronology Adolf Woodshow more

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"The talent to economically condense a subject as these authors do...does not grow on trees; some of them have written outstanding works recently, for example, physicist Steven Weinberg and U.S. historian James Patterson. This work, therefore, is a high-powered lecture series that if held at a university would cost big tuition bucks. Oxford's volume, less dear and just as rewarding, covers all regions of the globe."--Booklist"An extraordinary tour-de-force."--The Washington Times"And although spave precludes individual discussion of their essays, the mere list of names testifies to the high quality of the volume as a whole.....an extraordinary tour de force." --Elizabeth Fox-Genovese, Emory University"A big a achievement: a model of ambition without pretension, of compression without compromises."--The London Times "The talent to economically condense a subject as these authors do...does not grow on trees; some of them have written outstanding works recently, for example, physicist Steven Weinberg and U.S. historian James Patterson. This work, therefore, is a high-powered lecture series that if held at a university would cost big tuition bucks. Oxford's volume, less dear and just as rewarding, covers all regions of the globe."--Booklist "An extraordinary tour-de-force."--The Washington Times "And although spave precludes individual discussion of their essays, the mere list of names testifies to the high quality of the volume as a whole.....an extraordinary tour de force." --Elizabeth Fox-Genovese, Emory University "A big a achievement: a model of ambition without pretension, of compression without compromises."--The London Times "The talent to economically condense a subject as these authors do...does not grow on trees; some of them have written outstanding works recently, for example, physicist Steven Weinberg and U.S. historian James Patterson. This work, therefore, is a high-powered lecture series that if held at a university would cost big tuition bucks. Oxford's volume, less dear and just as rewarding, covers all regions of the globe."--Booklist "An extraordinary tour-de-force."--The Washington Times "And although spave precludes individual discussion of their essays, the mere list of names testifies to the high quality of the volume as a whole.....an extraordinary tour de force." --Elizabeth Fox-Genovese, Emory University "A big a achievement: a model of ambition without pretension, of compression without compromises."--The London Times "The talent to economically condense a subject as these authors do...does not grow on trees; some of them have written outstanding works recently, for example, physicist Steven Weinberg and U.S. historian James Patterson. This work, therefore, is a high-powered lecture series that if held at auniversity would cost big tuition bucks. Oxford's volume, less dear and just as rewarding, covers all regions of the globe."--Booklist"An extraordinary tour-de-force."--The Washington Times"And although spave precludes individual discussion of their essays, the mere list of names testifies to the high quality of the volume as a whole.....an extraordinary tour de force." --Elizabeth Fox-Genovese, Emory University"A big a achievement: a model of ambition without pretension, of compression without compromises."--The London Timesshow more

About Michael Howard

Michael Howard is former Regius Professor of Modern History, University of Oxford. He lives in England. Wm Roger Louis is the Kerr Professor of English History and Culture at the University of Texas at Austin.show more

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