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The Oxford Handbook of European History, 1914-1945 - Oxford Handbooks (Hardback)
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The Oxford Handbook of European History, 1914-1945 - Oxford Handbooks (Hardback)

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Hardback 668 Pages / Published: 05/05/2016
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The period spanning the two World Wars was unquestionably the most catastrophic in Europe's history. Despite such undeniably progressive developments as the radical expansion of women's suffrage and rising health standards, the era was dominated by political violence and chronic instability. Its symbols were Verdun, Guernica, and Auschwitz. By the end of this dark period, tens of millions of Europeans had been killed and more still had been displaced and permanently traumatized. If the nineteenth century gave Europeans cause to regard the future with a sense of optimism, the early twentieth century had them anticipating the destruction of civilization. The fact that so many revolutions, regime changes, dictatorships, mass killings, and civil wars took place within such a compressed time frame suggests that Europe experienced a general crisis. Indeed in the early 1940s both Charles de Gaulle and Winston Churchill referred to a 'thirty years war'. Why did so many crises rage across the continent from 1914 until the end of the Second World War? Why did the winds of destruction affect some regions more than others? The Oxford Handbook of European History, 1914-1945 reconsiders the most significant features of this calamitous age from a transnational perspective. It demonstrates the degree to which national experiences were intertwined with those of other nations, and how each crisis was implicated in wider regional, continental, and global developments. Readers will find innovative and stimulating chapters on various political, social, and economic subjects by some of the leading scholars working on modern European history today.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199695669
Number of pages: 668
Weight: 1274 g
Dimensions: 253 x 184 x 41 mm


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a stimulating read ... an extremely valuable tool for university students and lecturers alike. * Claudia Baldoli, History Today *
All in all, the book presents much more than a general overview of European history. It successfully offers a transnational history of Europe rather than an aggregation of parallel national histories while conveying the political and cultural differences that characterized Western and Eastern Europe at the time. Moreover, it assigns great importance to Europes entanglement with the wider world, be it through imperialism or relations of diplomacy and war. It will therefore be indispensable reading for students and scholars of modern Europe. * Charlotte Faucher, Journal of Contemporary History *

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