Europe Between the Wars

A Political History

Author: Martin Kitchen

Publisher: Longman Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780582418691

Category: History

Page: 350

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Cover copy - Kitchin: Europe between the Wars: A Political History Back cover The Great War traumatised a generation. Millions died. The European economy was left in ruins and the social structure disrupted. It broke the old certainties of nineteenth-century Europe: for those who survived there was no going back. To them it had seemed the war to end all wars . Yet peace when it finally came in November 1918 brought few solutions and many new problems. A mere twenty-one years later the unthinkable became the inevitable and Europe was burning again. How did it all happen? In this compelling and bestselling account of the Europe between the Wars, Martin Kitchen traces the course of the deepening crisis by looking first at the peace settlement itself, and then at the economic and social problems of the interwar years. Separate chapters follow on the Soviet Union, the often ignored countries of Eastern Europe, Italy, Weimar Germany, Britain, France, Spain and Nazi Germany. The book concludes with a chapter on the origins of the Second World War. Although the events have a direct bearing on our lives today, they are still too close for many readers to see them in a true perspective. This clear, cogent and readable study is, therefore, all the more valuable: it is both an exposition of what happened and an explanation of why. Front flap Idealism became the first post Great War casualty; and President Wilson s vision of a better world in which human rights and freedoms were guaranteed remained a dream. An unsatisfactory settlement failed to resolve the tensions that had caused the war in the first place. The realities of power politics drew the exhausted combatants, victorious and defeated alike, into new crises; and the democratic powers were soon under siege from the new forces of both the Left and Right. But the Soviet Revolution, triumphant in Russia, did not spread to the other European states; rather, right-wing extremism proved a far greater threat to the western democracies. With chilling success, totalitarian regimes of the right took power in Italy, Germany and, ultimately, Spain. The unthinkable became the inevitable. The author Martin Kitchin is Professor of History at Simon Fraser University, Canada. Back flap (275 years of publishing history logo - from Louise Corless) As part of Longman s 275th Anniversary - a landmark in publishing history - we are launching an exciting collection of classic books. The Silver Library celebrates the very best in history writing published by Longman. This selection of seminal and best-selling works by world renowned authorities will become the essential collection. Titles in the Silver Library are: John Tosh The Pursuit of History, Third Edition Bernard W Anderson The Living World of the Old Testament, Fourth Edition R H C Davis A History of Medieval Europe, Second Edition H G Koenigsberger, George L Mosse, G Q Bowler Europe in the Sixteenth Century, Second Edition Barry Coward The Stuart Age 1603 - 1714, Second Edition H G Koenigsberger Early Modern Europe 1500 - 1789 Asa Briggs The Age of Improvement 1783 - 1867, Second Edition M S Anderson The Ascendancy of Europe 1815 - 1914, Second Edition James Joll The Origins of the First World War, Second Edition J M Roberts Europe 1880 - 1945, Second Edition Martin Kitchen Europe Between the Wars Peter Calvocoressi World Politics Since 1945, Seventh Edition "

East Central Europe between the Two World Wars

Author: Joseph Rothschild

Publisher: University of Washington Press

ISBN: 0295803649

Category: Political Science

Page: 438

View: 6086


East Central Europe Between The Two World Wars is a sophisticated political history of East Central Europe in the interwar years. Written by an eminent scholar in the field, it is an original contribution to the literature on the political cultures of Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Yugoslavia, Romania, Bulgaria, Albania, and the Baltic states.

Women in Europe between the Wars

Politics, Culture and Society

Author: Dr Angela Kershaw,Dr Angela Kimyongür

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 1409489701

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 266

View: 7514


The central aim of this interdisciplinary book is to make visible the intentionality behind the 'forgetting' of European women's contributions during the period between the two world wars in the context of politics, culture and society. It also seeks to record and analyse women's agency in the construction and reconstruction of Europe and its nation states after the First World War, and thus to articulate ways in which the writing of women's history necessarily entails the rewriting of everyone's history. By showing that the erasure of women's texts from literary and cultural history was not accidental but was ideologically motivated, the essays explicitly and implicitly contribute to debates surrounding canon formation. Other important topics are women's political activism during the period, antifascism, the contributions made by female journalists, the politics of literary production, genre, women's relationship with and contributions to the avant-garde, women's professional lives, and women's involvement in voluntary associations. In bringing together the work of scholars whose fields of expertise are diverse but whose interests converge on the inter-war period, the volume invites readers to make connections and comparisons across the whole spectrum of women's political, social, and cultural activities throughout Europe.

The Great War, Memory and Ritual

Commemoration in the City and East London, 1916-1939

Author: Mark Connelly

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd

ISBN: 0861933273

Category: History

Page: 271

View: 3152


This detailed case study of a part of London seeks to show how both the survivors and the bereaved sought to come to terms with the losses and implications of the Great War.

War and Social Change in Modern Europe

The Great Transformation Revisited

Author: Sandra Halperin

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521540155

Category: History

Page: 510

View: 1495


This book focuses on the interrelationship of social forces, industrial expansion, and conflict in Europe between 1789 and 1945.

A Companion to Europe, 1900 - 1945

Author: Gordon Martel

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781444391671

Category: History

Page: 584

View: 909


This volume brings together a distinguished group of international scholars to discuss the major debates in the study of early twentieth-century Europe. Brings together contributions from a distinguished group of international scholars. Provides an overview of current thinking on the period. Traces the great political, social and economic upheavals of the time. Illuminates perennial themes, as well as new areas of enquiry. Takes a pan-European approach, highlighting similarities and differences across nations and regions.

Europe in Love, Love in Europe

Imagination and Politics in Britain Between the Wars

Author: Luisa Passerini

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 9781860642814

Category: History

Page: 358

View: 3742


Combining the history of ideas and the history of emotions, this work explores the convergence between political and cultural ideas of Europe and the idea of love in the period between the two world wars. It investigates European unity from a political viewpoint, but also from cultural and symbolic ones, taking a critical stand towards Euro-centricism.

German Diplomatic Relations 1871-1945

The Wilhelmstrasse and the Formulation of Foreign Policy

Author: William Young

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 0595407064

Category: Education

Page: 408

View: 3870


Examines the continuity of German Foreign Office influence in the forumlation of foreign policy under the leadership of Otto von Bismarck (1862-1890), Kaiser William II (1888-1918), the Weimar Republic (1919-1933), and Adolf Hitler (1933-1945)