The World in the Twentieth Century

The World in the Twentieth Century : From Empires to Nations

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For one quarter/semester courses in World History emphasizing the 20th century.Designed as an introductory survey of world history in the 20th century, this text discusses the major political and economic changes that have reshaped global relations, and focuses on the forces leading to the collapse of empires and the resulting rise of nationalism throughout the world. It develops the thematic argument that the single most profound global transformation in human relations during the 20th century has been the demise of all remaining empires and the emergence-in their place-of nation-states.
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  • Paperback | 425 pages
  • 177.8 x 233.7 x 17.8mm | 625.97g
  • Pearson
  • United States
  • English
  • 5th edition
  • 0130600342
  • 9780130600349

Table of contents

I. THE AGE OF EMPIRES. 1. Empires in Flux. 2. Empires in War and Revolution, 1914-1930. 3. Nations versus Empires in Asia. 4. The Emergence of Despotic Empires. 5. The Last World War, 1941-1945. II. THE ERA OF NATIONS. 6. Global Conflict and the Decline of Western Empires. 7. Revolution and Revival in East Asia, 1945-1990. 8. New Nations in South Asia. 9. Africa and Latin America in the Third World. 10. Nations at War in the Middle East. 11. The Cold War and the Fall of the Soviet Empire, 1953-1991. 12. Local Wars, Global Economy. Index.
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"Brower's text is eminently suitable for use in a first- or second-year undergraduate course in twentieth-century world history. Brower's scholarship is sound and he offers just the right amount of information in a basically chronological format. He maintains a balance in his coverage of periods of major change and in his discussions of regions and cultures. The Spotlight sections are useful aids for students." - Constance M. McGovern, Frostburg State University"The author's general chronological organization makes this volume logical and easy to follow. I have found that this scheme works best with students, especially underclassmen, who sometimes have difficulty following a more thematic approach to history." - Michael Cahall, Duquesne University"The strengths of The World in the Twentieth Century are abundantly clear. Central themes are clearly defined, developed, and carried forward through each section and chapter of the book. The book's concluding chapters bring the narrative up to the close of the twentieth century, putting the collapse of the former Soviet Union, the Gulf War, ethnic cleansing, the expanded role of the United Nations, and globalization into sharper focus for students." - Paul Trela, Empire State College, State University of New York"I have read and used a lot of texts in the thirty-five years I have taught world history, and this one is very near the top." - Thomas C. Tirado, Millersville University of Pennsylvania
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