Twentieth Century History For Dummies


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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I: The Great War Years: 1900–19 9

Chapter 1: Overview of a Century 11

Chapter 2: Fin de Siècle – Wrapping Up the Nineteenth Century 31

Chapter 3: The Great War: 1914–18 55

Part II: The Years of the Great Dictators: 1919–45 81

Chapter 4: The Red Flag – Communism 83

Chapter 5: Men in Black (Shirts): The Right-Wing Dictators 101

Chapter 6: The Twenties: The Decade that Roared 115

Chapter 7: I’m the King of the World! Europe’s Empires 133

Chapter 8: Depression and Aggression 147

Chapter 9: The War of the World 165

Part III: The Divided World: 1945–89 181

Chapter 10: You’re Cold as Ice! The Cold War 183

Chapter 11: Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me: The End of Empires 201

Chapter 12: Africa’s Wind of Change 219

Chapter 13: Going Bananas: Latin America 237

Chapter 14: Asian Tigers 259

Chapter 15: Disneyland: Post-War America 279

Chapter 16: Red on Red: Russia and China 295

Part IV: To the Millennium 315

Chapter 17: Muddle in the Middle East 317

Chapter 18: Europe Rides Again 337

Chapter 19: New Order: Wrapping up the Twentieth Century 353

Chapter 20: And the Living Is Easy – For Some 371

Part V: The Part of Tens 387

Chapter 21: Ten Iconic Images 389

Chapter 22: Ten Triumphs of Technology 393

Chapter 23: Ten Films That Made an Impact 399

Chapter 24: Ten International Bodies that Made a Difference 405

Chapter 25: Ten BAD Ideas 411

Index 415

About the Author

Dr Sean Lang studied history at Oxford and is the author of the best-selling British History For Dummies and European History For Dummies. He is coeditor of Twentieth Century History Review, and regularly appears on radio and television talking about history.


"This is a fascinating insight into an eventful century…" (BBC History Magazine, April 2008)

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