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Themes in Modern European History, 1890--1945

Themes in Modern European History, 1890-1945 brings together an international team of scholars to address an eclectic range of developments and issues in European history in the period between 1890 and the end of the Second World War. This lively collection of essays adopts a thematic approach, in order to explore comprehensively a period of great change and upheaval in Europe. Concentrating on the main powers in Europe, from Germany, Italy and Russia, to the UK and France, the book links together developments in society, the economy, politics and culture, and establishes them in their political framework. Specially commissioned chapters discuss key issues such as: popular culture the relationship between East and West intellectual and cultural trends the origins and impact of two world wars communism, dictatorship and liberal democracy the relationship of Europe with the wider world. Including a chronology, maps and a glossary, as well as suggestions for further reading, this comprehensive volume is an invaluable and authoritative resource for students of modern European history.
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1. Conspectus Nicholas Atkin 2. East and West Detmar Klein 3. Social and Economic Developments, 1890-1914 Pamela Pilbeam 4. Intellectual and Cultural Revolution Michael Biddiss 5. Explaining the First World War: Debating the Causes Gordon Martel 6. The First World War and its Impact Frank Tallett 7. The Soviet Union and Bolshevism Abroad Mat Worley 8. Fascism Costa Pinto 9. Withstanding Extremes, Britain and France, 1918-1940 Nicholas Atkin 10. The Origins of the Second World War Steven Morewood 11. The Experience of Total War, 1939-45 Giacomo Lichtner 12. Europe and the Wider World Michael Biddiss

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University of Reading, UK

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