Twentieth-Century World History, 4th Edition
- William J. Duiker The Pennsylvania State University
- ISBN-10: 0495095923 | ISBN-13: 9780495095927
- 360 Pages
- Previous Editions: 2005, 2002, 1999
- © 2007 | Published
- Newer Edition Available
A comprehensive and balanced history of the world in the twentieth century, William Duiker’s text not only chronicles the key events in this revolutionary century, but also examines the underlying issues that have shaped the times. TWENTIETH-CENTURY WORLD HISTORY takes a global approach to the subject while doing justice to the distinctive character of individual civilizations and regions. Duiker integrates political, economic, social, and cultural history, creating a chronologically ordered synthesis that gives students the true flavor of the most decisive moments in recent world history. In addition, Duiker’s own photographs and selection of primary source documents, which illustrate much of the book, are especially effective in illustrating key points in the narrative.
PART I. NEW WORLD IN THE MAKING.
1. Rise of Industrial Society in the West.
2. Imperialism: Era of Western Dominance.
3. East Asia Under Challenge.
PART II. CULTURES IN COLLISION.
4. Revolution: Wwi and Its Aftermath.
5. Nationalism & Dictatorship: 1919 to 1939.
6. The Outbreak of World War II.
PART III. ACROSS THE IDEOLOGICAL DIVIDE.
7. East & West in the Grip of the Cold War.
8. The US, Canada & Latin America.
9. The Rise and Fall of Communism.
10. Postwar Europe: On the Path to Unity?
11. The East Is Red: China Under Communism.
PART IV. THIRD WORLD RISING.
12. Japan and the Little Tigers.
13. Independent States in South Asia.
14. Emerging Africa.
15. Ferment in the Middle East.
PART V. THE NEW MILLENNIUM.
16. Constructing a New World Order.
"Although it is a personal decision, all members of the department who teach the contemporary world course use the Duiker text. Key in the choice is readability, conciseness, and length."— James Harrison, Siena College
"I compared the two texts and selected Duiker for its well-balanced thematic and chronological treatment; more attractive layout than Findley; and maps and visual elements. The third edition is an improvement on the second: the new layout and addition of color makes it visually crisper and more attractive. … This is a global history text that offers a thematic approach to the twentieth century with a strong narrative. Duiker provides appropriate detail to individual countries and distinctive cultures, and, unlike many texts, it gives full attention to the importance of geography."— Barbara Reeves-Ellington, Siena College
"The major strength of the book is that it is concise and well written. Duiker does a good job combining political, economic and cultural aspects of the world since 1850."— Roger Ransom, Meredith College
"Chapters 1, 2, and 3 are a strength to the book by providing an excellent background to the developments in the nineteenth century that contribute to the direction of the twentieth century. Students find the author’s treatment to be straightforward, analytical, and easy to understand. The division of the three chapters seems to be perfect in blocking three major areas that shape the twentieth century."— James Harrison, Siena College
"He succeeds admirably in achieving his intention – the marriage of global and regional as well as cultural issues."— Sandi Cooper, College of Staten Island
"The book offers a well-written intelligent narrative and analysis of the major events, movements and peoples of the 20th century world. The style is one of the best features—the book is easy to read, and does not present too many details and numbers in the text."— Mary Louise Loe, James Madison University
"The strengths of this book include a relatively consistent vision, high production values, and a successful integration of Western and non-Western histories. As one might expect from a distinguished Asianist, the treatment of Asia is especially strong. The overarching theme is the influence and difficulties of modernization, particularly industrialization, and this seems to me to be the best choice of a theme for the twentieth century."— Jotham Parsons, Duquesne University
"…analytical, thematic, and comparative issues and models are presented and emphasized without using unnecessary and/or confusing jargon and terms. This was one of the aspects of the text that impressed me most. … Likewise, I very much appreciate the consistent use of and emphasis upon comparative analysis, particularly between various non-Western areas and case studies, in regard to how and why they responded to the challenges of imperialism, Westernization, and modernization with varying results and degrees of success."— Gregory Vitarbo, Meredith College
" … What sets the text apart is the author’s self-professed aim to seek "balance" in a variety of respects: geographical, narrative, thematic, and analytical. Various other texts by their own admission seek to do the same, but I think this author really pulls it off. As noted, this is indeed the best thing about the text."— Gregory Vitarbo, Meredith College
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