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The Lights That Failed: European International History 1919-1933 (Oxford History of Modern Europe)


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The peace treaties represented an almost impossible attempt to solve the problems caused by a murderous world war. In The Lights that Failed: European International History 1919-1933, part of the Oxford History of Modern Europe series, Steiner challenges the common assumption that the Treaty of Versailles led to the opening of a second European war. In a radically original way, this book characterizes the 1920s not as a frustrated prelude to a second global conflict but as a fascinating decade in its own right, when politicians and diplomats strove to re-assemble a viable European order. Steiner examines the efforts that failed but also those which gave hope for future promise, many of which are usually underestimated, if not ignored. She shows that an equilibrium was achieved, attained between a partial American withdrawal from Europe and the self-imposed constraints which the Soviet system imposed on exporting revolution. The stabilization painfully achieved in Europe reached it fragile limits after 1925, even prior to the financial crises that engulfed the continent. The hinge years between the great crash of 1929 and Hitler's achievement of power in 1933 devastatingly altered the balance between nationalism and internationalism. This wide-ranging study helps us grasp the decisive stages in this process.

In a second volume, The Triumph of the Night , Steiner will examine the immediate lead up to the Second World War and its early years.

About the Author

Zara Steiner is Emeritus Fellow, New Hall, University of Cambridge

Table of Contents

Part I: The Reconstruction of Europe, 1918-1929

1. The Hall of Mirrors: Peacemaking in the West

2. Distant Frontiers: Peacemaking in the East

3. Revolution from the Left: The Soviet Union and the Post-War Settlement

4. The Primacy of Economics: Reconstruction in Western Europe, 1919-1924

5. The Primacy of Nationalism: Reconstruction in Eastern and Central Europe

6. Revolution from the Right: Italy, 1919-25

7. The Geneva Dream: The League of Nations and Post-War Internationalism

8. New Dawn? Stabilisation in Western Europe after Locarno

9. Faltering Reconstruction: Cracks in the Locarno Façade

10. Troubled Waters: Uncertainties in Italy, Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union

11. Faltering Internationalism: Disarmament and Security after Locarno

Conclusion: Europe Reconstructed?

Part II: The Hinge Years, 1930-1933

12. The Diplomacy of the Depression: Economics and Foreign Policy

13. Beyond Europe: The Manchurian Crisis

14. The Poisoned Chalice: The Pursuit of Disarmament

Conclusion: The Hinge Years


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Product Details

Steiner, Zara
Oxford University Press, USA
null, Zara
Europe - General
International Relations - General
Political History
History, World | European
World History-European History General
International Relations
Oxford History of Modern Europe
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Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Numerous maps and tables
5.5 x 8.4 x 2 in 2.55 lb

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » Politics » United States » Foreign Policy
History and Social Science » Western Civilization » Early Modern
History and Social Science » World History » European History General

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