Europe RebornA History, 1914-2000
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After the catastrophe of dictatorship and World War, the idea of liberal democracy, of property rights, and of Europe in the broader international order all needed to be remade. In Europe Reborn, Harold James offers a sweeping survey of twentieth-century Europe, from crisis to convergence, and the recreation of an international society, culture and economy. Drawing on and explicating the variety of ways historians have interpreted and analyzed these processes, he investigates the links and commonalities between different parts of the European experience, and examines what really underlies Mikhail Gorbachevs concept of a "common European house".
1. The First World War
2. Europe and the World of the Depression
3. Peace and War: The Failure of the International Order
4. The Second World War
5. The Reconstruction of Europe, Western Style
6. Yalta and Communism: The Reconstruction of Europe, Eastern Style
7. A Golden Age
8. The Limits to Growthmanship
8. Right Step
10. Malta and Communism: 1989 and the Restoration of Europe
11. The Return to Europe: The New Politics and the End of the Cold War
- Provides a full survey of modern Europe in the 20th century - from dictatorship to democracy in a globalized world.
- Explains the development of democracy, property rights and the international system.
- Traces the unwinding of the nation state - and the growth of the super state.
- Written for students and the general reader concerned with European developments - Modern Europe is core undergraduate history course.
- Author is huge name in the field.
Harold James is Professor of History at Princeton University.
Expert Reviews"This is an outstanding book. It provides a clear and careful synthesis of the author's very wide reading, but it is also written with a distinctive tone and point of view that will force even well-informed readers to rethink some of their assumptions." Richard Vinen, author of 'Europe: A History in Fragments'
"Harold James, an eminent Princeton historian, deals expertly with Europe's past century... [explanatory boxes] break up the author's elegant narrative with succinct accounts of the main political ideas... This is not history as seen from a well-mounted telescope; more as glimpsed in a rear view mirror." The Economist
‘brilliantly-written and richly-informed… James displays an enviable combination of factual knowledge that is both deep and broad and an economic intuition and social understanding that makes him look in corners others have missed. ‘
Joel Mokyr, EH.NET
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