1st Edition

Europe from War to War, 1914-1945

    398 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    398 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Europe from War to War, 1914–1945 explores this age of metamorphosis within European history, an age that played a crucial role in shaping the Europe of today. Covering a wide range of topics such as religion, arts and literature, humanitarian relief during the wars, transnational feminism, and efforts to create a unified Europe, it examines the social and cultural history of this period as well as political, economic, military, and diplomatic perspectives. 

    Thematically organized within a chronological framework, this book takes a fully comparative approach to the era, allowing the reader to follow the evolution of key trends and ideas across these 30 turbulent years. Each period is analyzed from both an international and a domestic perspective, expanding the traditional narrative to include the role and impact of European colonies around the world while retaining a close focus on national affairs, everyday existence within Europe itself and the impact of the wars on people’s lives. Chapters include discussion of regions such as Scandinavia, the Balkans, and Iberia that are less frequently covered, emphasizing the network of connections between events and places across the continent. 

    Global in scope, accessibly written and illustrated throughout with photographs and maps, this is the perfect introductory textbook for all students of early twentieth-century European history.

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    Methodology and organization of the book


    Part 1: World War I and after, 1914–1923

    Chapter 1: The war’s international dimensions and aftermath

    Chapter 2: The home fronts, 1914–1918 

    Part 2: Brave new world, 1919–1929

    Chapter 3: In search of collective security

    Chapter 4: Modernity's promises

    Part 3: Dress rehearsals for war, 1929–1939

    Chapter 5: Revisionism and realignments

    Chapter 6: Life as usual?

    Part 4: World War II, 1939–1945

    Chapter 7: International dimensions of the war

    Chapter 8: The home fronts, 1939–1945 

    Part 5: European civilization in the crucible, 1914–1945

    Chapter 9: Culture in turmoil, 1914–1945

    Chapter 10: Whither Europe?



    Alice-Catherine Carls is Tom Elam Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Tennessee at Martin, USA. Her publications include La Ville Libre de Dantzig en Crise Ouverte, 1938–1939 (1982) and numerous book chapters and journal articles.

    Stephen D. Carls is University Professor of History at Union University, USA. His publications include Louis Loucheur and the Shaping of Modern France, 1916–1931 (1993, also published in France in revised form in 2000).