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Europe in the Twentieth Century 5th Edition

Robert O. Paxton, Julie Hessler

  • Published
  • Previous Editions 2005
  • 752 Pages


EUROPE IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY is a comprehensive text with a teachable chronological approach that is a bestseller because of its depth and breadth of coverage as well as the strength of its scholarship and the reputation of its authors. With the help of new co-author, Julie Hessler, the Fifth Edition is enhanced to include greater coverage of the post-war period. In addition, socio-cultural issues have been brought to the forefront for both Eastern and Western Europe, including youth movements and feminism. The first half of the text has been streamlined to allow for these revisions. Finally, this edition includes several new photographs and updated maps.

Robert O. Paxton, Columbia University

Robert O. Paxton is professor of history emeritus at Columbia University. A specialist in the history of western Europe in the era of the two world wars, he has written extensively on France under Nazi occupation, including VICHY FRANCE: OLD GUARD AND NEW ORDER (Columbia University Press, 2001) and VICHY FRANCE AND THE JEWS (Stanford University Press, 1995). His most recent work is THE ANATOMY OF FASCISM (Alfred Knopf, 2004).

Julie Hessler, University of Oregon

Julie Hessler is Associate Professor of History at University of Oregon. She is the author of A SOCIAL HISTORY OF SOVIET TRADE (Princeton University Press, 2004) as well as a number of articles on Soviet social, economic, and cultural history. Her current research focuses on Soviet cultural relations with the Third World from the late 1950s through the 1980s. Professor Hessler’s teaching areas include Soviet history, twentieth-century Eastern Europe, postwar Europe, and historical methods, as well as broader European surveys.
  • This renowned text has been enhanced in the Fifth Edition to include greater coverage of the post-war period with contributions from new co-author and Eastern European expert, Julie Hessler. Rewritten or completely new post-war chapters include, Chapter 20, Western Europe since 1970; Chapter 21, Science, the Arts, and Intellectual Life; and Chapter 22, Eastern Europe, 1965-1985.
  • Socio-cultural issues, including youth movements and feminism, have been brought to the forefront in several rewritten or new chapters. Chapter 18, Consumer Societies in the West, now includes a significant section on youth culture and student movements; Chapter 20 includes new sections on women, feminism and religion; and Chapter 21 features extensive new material on the arts as well as the relationship between intellectual cultures, politics, and national identity (using two case studies).
  • All chapters have been updated according to the latest scholarship, including a new perspective on Stalinism contributed by Hessler in Chapter 10 on The Great Depression that reflects her research specialty.
  • The Fifth Edition includes many new photos and updated maps throughout.
  • The organization of the Fifth Edition supports the predominantly chronological approach of this course and is thoughtfully structured to balance Eastern and Western Europe and to highlight social and cultural issues.
  • The broadening of post-war topics and the expansion of Eastern Europe coverage by Eastern European scholar and co-author, Julie Hessler, makes this text current and relevant for your students.
  • Visual features including photographs and numerous detailed maps help underscore the book’s accessibility and excellent value.
1. Europe at the Zenith.
2. How the Great War Began.
3. The Marne and After, 1914-1917.
4. The Impact of Total War.
5. Revolution, 1917-1920.
6. The Paris Peace Settlement.
7. Revolution against Revolution: Fascism.
8. “Normalcy”: Europe in the 1920s.
9. Mass Culture and High Culture between the Wars.
10. The Great Depression: Troubled Democracies, Rising Dictatorships.
11. Responding to Nazism: European Politics, 1933-1939.
12. Hitler’s Aggressions, Europe’s Appeasement, 1934-1939
13. Hitler’s Europe: Conflict, Collaboration, and Resistance, 1939-1942.
14. From Hot War to Cold War, 1942-1949.
15. Reconstruction in the West, 1945-1949.
16. The Soviet Bloc, 1945-1964.
17. Western Europe, the Cold War, and Decolonization: Adjusting to a Diminished World Role.
18. Consumer Societies in the West.
19. Western European Politics, 1968-1989: Recession, Democratization, Détente.
20. Western Europe Since 1970: Societies and Cultures Transformed.
21. Science, the Arts, and Intellectual Life.
22. Eastern Europe, 1965-1985: Communism in Decay.
23. The Revolution of 1989 and After.

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  • ISBN-10: 1133339387
  • ISBN-13: 9781133339380
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