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Europe Between the Wars
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Cover copy - Kitchin: Europe between the Wars: A Political History
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.
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.
Martin Kitchin is Professor of History at Simon Fraser University, Canada.
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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.
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The Living World of the Old Testament, Fourth Edition
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A History of Medieval Europe, Second Edition
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Europe in the Sixteenth Century, Second Edition
The Stuart Age 1603 - 1714, Second Edition
H G Koenigsberger
Early Modern Europe 1500 - 1789
The Age of Improvement 1783 - 1867, Second Edition
M S Anderson
The Ascendancy of Europe 1815 - 1914, Second Edition
The Origins of the First World War, Second Edition
J M Roberts
Europe 1880 - 1945, Second Edition
Europe Between the Wars
World Politics Since 1945, Seventh Edition
The essential introduction to the age of dictators (1919-1939) entirely rewritten, restructured and updated.
This is a splendid up-to-date overview of the political, international and economic history of Europe between the wars. It will be of invaluable use to both students and scholars alike. Its strengths lie in the breadth of coverage, the clarity of the narrative and the ease with which the authors interlards his story with analysis This remains an admirable study which students will positively welcome for its clarity, breadth of content and overall good sense.
Professor Nicholas Atkin, University of Reading
Praise for the first edition:
This is an excellent, well-balanced exposition, giving a useful perspective on the between-war years.
Academic Library book review.
Kitchens book is not only enjoyable reading but can be read for professional benefit. I have no hesitation in recommending it.
History reviews of new books. Eric A Arnold, Jr. University of Denver.
The First World War left Europe traumatised and perplexed. It spawned Soviet Communism, Fascism and Nazism, strained democracies to the limit and contributed to the collapse of the world economy. The unthinkable became inevitable and a mere twenty-one years after the war to end all wars, Europewas once again in flames.
How did this happen? Martin Kitchens compelling account of Europe between the wars sets the twenty-year crisis within the context of the profound sense of cultural malaise shared by many philosophers and artists, the economic crises that plagued a Europe ruined by war and the social upheavals caused by widespread unemployment and grinding poverty amid a noticeable improvement of living standards.
This thoroughly revised edition, with completely new sections on intellectual, cultural and social history is richly illustrated with contemporary photographs. It is an up-to-date and lively account of a critical period of European history when the old world collapsed, the dictators offered seemingly exciting alternatives, and democracies were put to the supreme test.
Martin Kitchen is Professor Emeritus of history at Simon Fraser University, Canada. He is author of numerous books on European history, including The German Offensives of 1918 (2001), The Cambridge Illustrated History of Germany (2000) and Nazi Germany: A Critical Introduction (2004).
About the Author
Martin Kitchen is Professor emeritus of history at Simon Fraser University, Canada. The author of 17 books on European history, the most recent of which are The German Offensives of 1918 (2201) and Nazi Germany: A Critical Introduction(2004).
Table of Contents
1. The Peace Treaties2. Economics: Inflation and Depression3. Collective Security, Disarmament and the League of Nations4. The Soviet Union5. Eastern Europe6. Italian Fascism.7. The Weimar Republic8. Britain9. France10. The Spanish Civil War11. Nazi Germany12. The Origins of the Second World War
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