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1916 in Global Context An anti-Imperial moment

1916 in Global Context: An anti-Imperial moment

1st Edition

Enrico Dal Lago, Róisín Healy, Gearóid Barry
November 16, 2017

The year 1916 has recently been identified as "a tipping point for the intensification of protests, riots, uprisings and even revolutions." Many of these constituted a challenge to the international pre-war order of empires, and thus collectively represent a global anti-imperial moment, which was ...

Orphans and Abandoned Children in European History Sixteenth to Twentieth Centuries

Orphans and Abandoned Children in European History: Sixteenth to Twentieth Centuries

1st Edition

Nicoleta Roman
November 09, 2017

In a world dominated by poverty, a central characteristic has been the plight of orphans and abandoned children. Over the centuries, State, Church and individuals have all attempted to tackle the issue, but can we trace any change over the course of time when it comes to the welfare system intended...

Stalin’s Constitution Soviet Participatory Politics and the Discussion of the 1936 Draft Constitution

Stalin’s Constitution: Soviet Participatory Politics and the Discussion of the 1936 Draft Constitution

1st Edition

Samantha Lomb
November 06, 2017

Upon its adoption in December 1936, Soviet leaders hailed the new so-called Stalin Constitution as the most democratic in the world. Scholars have long scoffed at this claim, noting that the mass repression of 1937–1938 that followed rendered it a hollow document. This study does not address these ...

Hitler’s Brudervolk The Dutch and the Colonization of Occupied Eastern Europe, 1939-1945

Hitler’s Brudervolk: The Dutch and the Colonization of Occupied Eastern Europe, 1939-1945

1st Edition

Geraldien von Frijtag Drabbe Künzel
October 13, 2017

This is the first academic book on Dutch colonial aspirations and initiatives during WWII. Between the summers of 1941 and 1944, some 5,500 Dutch men and women left their occupied homeland to find employment in the so-called German Occupied Eastern Territories: Belarus, the Baltic countries and ...

Governing the Rural in Interwar Europe

Governing the Rural in Interwar Europe

1st Edition

Liesbeth van de Grift, Amalia Ribi Forclaz
October 03, 2017

This book examines how rural Europe as a hybrid social and natural environment emerged as a key site of local, national and international governance in the interwar years. The post-war need to secure and intensify food production, to protect contested border areas, to improve rural infrastructure ...

The Age of Anniversaries The Cult of Commemoration, 1895-1925

The Age of Anniversaries: The Cult of Commemoration, 1895-1925

1st Edition

T. G. Otte
September 19, 2017

For historians centennial commemorations furnish an excellent heuristic tool for gauging late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century attitudes towards the past and the present. Centenary celebrations helped to revive, perpetuate and reinforce public perceptions of historical events and people in ...

The History of the European Migration Regime Germany's Strategic Hegemony

The History of the European Migration Regime: Germany's Strategic Hegemony

1st Edition

Emmanuel Comte
August 25, 2017

After the Second World War, the international migration regime in Europe took a course different from the global migration regime and the migration regimes in other regions of the world. Cumbersome and arbitrary administrative practices prevailed in the late 1940s in most parts of Europe. The ...

Propaganda, Persuasion and the Great War Heredity in the modern sale of products and political ideas

Propaganda, Persuasion and the Great War: Heredity in the modern sale of products and political ideas

1st Edition

Pier Paolo Pedrini
August 10, 2017

How to persuade citizens to enlist? How to convince them to fight in a war which was, for many, distant in terms of kilometres as well as interest? Modern persuasion techniques, both political and commercial, were used to motivate enlistment and financial support to build a "factory of consensus". ...

War, Agriculture, and Food Rural Europe from the 1930s to the 1950s

War, Agriculture, and Food: Rural Europe from the 1930s to the 1950s

1st Edition

Paul Brassley, Yves Segers, Leen Van Molle
May 31, 2017

Between the 1930s and the 1950s rural life in Europe underwent profound changes, partly as a result of the Second World War, and partly as a result of changes which had been in progress over many years. This book examines a range of European countries, from Scandinavia to Spain and Ireland to ...

Alan S. Milward and a Century of European Change

Alan S. Milward and a Century of European Change

1st Edition

Fernando Guirao, Frances Lynch, Sigfrido M. Ramirez Perez
May 24, 2017

The main purpose of the book is to introduce the work of Alan S. Milward and to acknowledge the full magnitude of his scientific contribution to contemporary British and European history. The book is a collection of essays which provide a better understanding of Alan Milward’s extensive ...

German Reunification Unfinished Business

German Reunification: Unfinished Business

1st Edition

Joyce E. Bromley
April 04, 2017

In 1945, German families with more than 100 hectares (247 acres) of land were forced from their homes in the eastern sector by the Soviets, now in control of that area. These families were brutally evicted from their property and had their land expropriated. In the next 45 years, the GDR government...

Oil Exploration, Diplomacy, and Security in the Early Cold War The Enemy Underground

Oil Exploration, Diplomacy, and Security in the Early Cold War: The Enemy Underground

1st Edition

Roberto Cantoni
April 07, 2017

The importance of oil for national military-industrial complexes appeared more clearly than ever in the Cold War. This volume argues that the confidential acquisition of geoscientific knowledge was paramount for states, not only to provide for their own energy needs, but also to buttress ...

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