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Author Fischer, Conan

Title Europe between democracy and dictatorship, 1900-1945 / Conan Fischer

Publ Info Chichester ; Malden, Mass. : Wiley-Blackwell, 2011
Chichester ; Malden, Mass. : Wiley-Blackwell, 2011
 RWU Main Library  D424 .F55 2011    AVAILABLE
 URI  D424 .F55 2011    AVAILABLE
Descript xii, 395 pages : illustrations, maps ; 26 cm
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Series Blackwell history of Europe
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents The European paradox -- The coming of war. A Balkans war ; Why the war need not have spread ; Why the war spread -- Fighting the war. The opening gambit: 1914 ; The elusive victory: 1915 ; The high noon of attrition: 1916 ; The tipping point: 1917 ; Defeat and victory: 1918 -- Ending the war: revolutions and peacemaking. The home front in wartime ; Revolution in Russia ; Revolution in Germany ; The legacy of war and the Treaty of Versailles ; Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean ; Western upheavals ; The Fascist revolution in Italy -- Revision and recovery, 1919-1929. From Versailles to the Dawes Plan ; From Locarno to the Young Plan ; Economy and society: a faltering recovery ; A contested modernity -- The high noon of the dictators. Economic armageddon: the Great Depression in Europe ; The rise of the Nazis, 1919-1933 ; Hitler in power, 1933-1939 ; Dictatorship beyond Germany -- The return to war. From global disarmament to war: 1932-1939 ; The reasons for war ; From Poland to the fall of France: September 1939-June 1940 ; From Vichy to Pearl Harbor: June 1940-December 1941 -- Europe eclipsed. Competing Caesuras: 1940-1 or 1945? ; Hitler's war - from triumph to oblivion, 1941-1945 ; Holocaust -- Europe: an honorable legacy?
Note In this work the author offers an analysis of Europe's turbulent history during the first half of the twentieth century, from the optimism at the turn of the century to the successive waves of destruction of the First and Second World Wars. The book reflects the most recent scholarship in this period of history. While laying stress on Europe's major powers and the seminal events of the earlier twentieth century, the author pays due attention to the smaller European countries from the Atlantic to the Black Sea and the Baltic to the Mediterranean. The analysis extends beyond the political, sociological, and economic paradigms to include extensive references to the European cultural scene. It is organized both as a broad chronology and thematically, in order to allow for historical insights and entry into the key debates and literature
LC subject Europe -- History -- 1871-1918
Europe -- History -- 1918-1945
World War, 1914-1918 -- Europe
World War, 1939-1945 -- Europe
ISBN 9780631215110 (hardcover : alk. paper)
0631215115 (hardcover : alk. paper)
9780631215127 (pbk. : alk. paper)
0631215123 (pbk. : alk. paper)