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In the exciting new Seventh Edition, Findley and Rothney’s best-selling TWENTIETH-CENTURY WORLD thoroughly covers recent world history by focusing on themes of global interrelatedness, identity and difference, the rise of mass society, and technology versus nature. Outlined in the book’s introduction, these themes help readers effectively place historical events in a larger context. Integrating the latest dramatic phases in world history, the Seventh Edition has been extensively revised and updated, especially the period since 1945. The two chapters on Superpowers, Europe, and the Cold War have been completely rewritten. The text also takes a more in-depth look at the economic growth of India and China, recent developments of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the impact of the global financial crash, the latest in the war on terror, new international environmental initiatives, and more.
- Reflecting the latest dramatic phases in world history, the exciting new Seventh Edition of the best-selling TWENTIETH-CENTURY WORLD has been extensively revised and updated--especially the period since 1945--to give students a thorough understanding of the period.
- Chapter 11 (retitled The Superpowers, Europe, and the Cold War, 1945–1970) and Chapter 12 (retitled The Superpowers, Europe, and the Cold War, 1970–1990) have been completely rewritten. They were restructured by closely analyzing how the three major regions of the West--the Soviet Union and Eastern Bloc, Western Europe, and the United States--were impacted during each decade following World War II. Chapter 11 also dedicates a new section to understanding the pivotal year of 1968 and its effect on policy and socio-political relations throughout the world.
- Chapter 17, The World Since 1990, and Chapter 18, Twenty-First Century Prospect, have been thoroughly revised and updated. Chapter 17 now takes a closer look at the economic growth of India and China, post-communist transitions in Eastern Europe, and the latest developments of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Chapter 18 examines the impact of the global financial crash, the latest in the war on terror and international environmental initiatives, and the most recent implications that continue to evolve for mass society as a whole.
- The opening vignettes for many of the chapters have been revamped and updated to more actively engage students. For example, the Chapter 1 vignette now considers the 2008 Beijing Olympics as both a showcase of China’s development and a microcosm of global integration. The all-new vignette in Chapter 3 recounts the vivid memories of Britain’s last living World War I veteran, former Private Harry Patch, ninety years after the fact. Chapter 16’s vignette on the 1989 Tienanmen massacre looks back on the events from their twentieth anniversary.
- Extensively revised and completely up to date, end-of-chapter “Suggestions for Further Reading” reflect the best scholarship available on all of the issues examined in the text.
- Popular with instructors and students alike, this proven text enables readers to place events of the twentieth century in a larger context as it emphasizes overarching themes of global interrelatedness, identity and difference, the rise of mass society, and technology versus nature.
- Balanced, selective, and thematic coverage of both developed and developing societies helps students to grasp major themes, to see those themes illustrated in selected examples, and--ultimately--to understand world history as a whole, rather than a list of details to be memorized.
- Dr. Findley and Dr. Rothney deliver solid coverage of a broad range of subjects--economic, social, political, artistic, scientific, and military--to give readers a comprehensive picture of the contemporary world.
1. The Twentieth Century in World History.
2. Origins of the New Century.
PART II: CRISIS IN THE EUROPEAN-DOMINATED WORLD ORDER.
3. World War I: The Turning Point of European Ascendancy.
4. Restructuring the Social and Political Order: The Bolshevik Revolution in World Perspective.
5. Global Economic Crisis and the Restructuring of the Social and Political Order.
6. Restructuring the Social and Political Order: Fascism.
PART III: LATIN AMERICA, AFRICA, AND ASIA: THE STRUGGLE AGAINST COLONIALISM.
7. Latin America’s Struggle for Development.
8. Sub-Saharan Africa Under European Sway.
9. Asian Struggles for Independence and Development.
PART IV: WORLD WAR II AND THE AGE OF SUPERPOWER RIVALRY.
10. World War II: The Final Crisis of European Global Dominance.
11. The Superpowers, Europe, and the Cold War, 1945-1970.
12. The Superpowers, Europe, and the Cold War, 1970-1990.
PART V: INDEPENDENCE FOR THE DEVELOPING COUNTRIES.
13. Latin America: Neocolonial Authoritarianism or Democracy and Development?
14. Sub-Saharan Africa: Decay or Development?
15. The Middle East and North Africa Since World War II.
16. Asian Resurgence.
PART VI: The World in the Age of Globalization.
17. The World Since 1990.
18. Twenty-First Century Prospect.