2nd Edition

A History of the World
From the 20th to the 21st Century

ISBN 9780415289559
Published August 4, 2005 by Routledge
1012 Pages 60 B/W Illustrations

USD $49.95

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Book Description

This second edition has been thoroughly updated and includes discussions on 9/11 and the second Gulf War, and takes into account the latest historical research.

A comprehensive survey of the key events and personalities of this period throughout the world, it includes discussion on topics such as:

  • the rivalry between European nations from 1900–1914
  • the Depression and the rise of Fascism during the 1920s and 1930s
  • the global impact of the Cold War
  • decolonization and its effects 
  • the continuing conflict in the Middle East.

A History of the World provides a fascinating and authoritative account of the world since 1900, for general readers and students of world history alike.

Table of Contents

Prologue: The World from the Twentieth to the Twenty-First Century  1. Social Change and National Rivalry in Europe, 1900–1914  2. Beyond Europe: The Shifting Balance of Global Power  3. The Great War, Revolution and the Search for Stability  4. The Continuing World Crisis, 1929–1939  5. The Second World War  6. Post-War Europe, 1945–1947  7. The United States and the Beginning of the Cold War, 1945–1948  8. The Transformation of Asia, 1945–1955  9. The Ending of European Dominance in the Middle East, 1919–1980  10. The Cold War: Superpower Confrontation, 1948–1964  11. The Recovery of Western Europe in the 1950s and 1960s  12. Who will Liberate the Third World? 1954–1968  13. Two Faces of Asia: After 1949  14. Latin America after 1945: Problems Unresolved  15. Africa after 1945: Conflict and the Threat of Famine  16. The United States and the Soviet Bloc after 1963: The Great Transformation  17. Western Europe Gathers Strength: After 1968  18. Global Change: From the Twentieth to the Twenty-First Century.  Short Bibliography.  Index

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J.A.S. Grenville is Professor of Modern History, Emeritus at the University of Birmingham. He is the author of a number of books, including Europe Reshaped, 1848-1878 (1999) and is co-editor of The Major International Treaties of the Twentieth Century: A History and Guide with Texts (2000).


"Follows a relatively new trend among historians to abandon their sometimes narrow parochialism in favour of 'world history' his volume deals with more thematic issues like industrialization, the empowerment of women, the rise of environmental concerns and multinational corporations." - Foreign Affairs

"Magnificently detailed, brilliantly written...An extraordinarily readable global history." - Parade Magazine