Twentieth-Century Europe: A Brief History

Twentieth-Century Europe: A Brief History

Twentieth-Century Europe: A Brief History

Twentieth-Century Europe: A Brief History

Synopsis

Likes its predecessor, the second edition of Twentieth-Century Europe remains a concise, affordable text in one volume, making it the perfect general introduction to a century of both great achievements and unimaginable barbarism.

Though mainly political in focus, the narrative is enriched by thoughtful descriptions of major artistic movements-introducing readers to important figures in literature, visual arts, music-and the emergence and growth of popular culture in its many forms.

Now updated with an entirely new chapter that closes out the twentieth century, thematic unit openers, chronologies, new photographs, and new lists of suggested readings and films.

Excerpt

Like its predecessors, Twentieth-Century Europe: a Brief History, Second Edition, is intended to meet the need for a concise yet comprehensive survey of the significant themes of European history during a century of both achievement and barbarism. Although the text is short enough to permit additional outside readings, it will nevertheless serve the reader as a reliable introduction to European civilization during the twentieth century.

The authors attempt to engage the reader in several ways. We aim for a clear writing style, and one that encourages the reader to keep turning the page. Our approach is chronological. We divide the century into four parts, two before the outbreak of World War II, and two after the war begins. Each part is introduced by an “Overview” summarizing the main themes of the period covered. Each part is then divided into three chapters.

We have carefully selected and placed maps, tables, and illustrations throughout the text to aid the reader’s comprehension. the maps show national boundaries at key points during the century. We have avoided cluttering them with superfluous detail. in addition, we have compiled tables either to clarify certain events (such as the German inflation of 1923) or to provide an overview of specific themes (for example, key events in the exploration of space). We have placed photographs, some from our own collections, within all the chapters to help focus the reader’s interest.

Each chapter begins with a brief chronology and ends with a list of “Suggested Books and Films.” While far from exhaustive, the lists will provide the student or general reader with material that is interesting and dependable. We have also included a brief essay on additional sources available for the study of European history. a list of abbreviations and acronyms and an index round out the resources available in the text.

The original book written by Michael D. Richards, Europe, 1900–1980: A Brief History, served as a model for the first edition of this text. That first edition, however, was in its own right a careful and thorough reconsidera-

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