The Making of the Contemporary World

Series Editors:

The Making of the Contemporary World series provides accessible interpretations of contemporary issues and debates within strongly defined historical frameworks. The range of the series is global, with each volume drawing together material from a range of disciplines - including economics, politics and sociology. The books in this series present compact, indispensable introductions for students studying the modern world.

  • Thatcher and Thatcherism book cover

    Thatcher and Thatcherism

    4th Edition

    By Eric J. Evans

    This revised, expanded and updated fourth edition of Thatcher and Thatcherism examines the origins and impact of ‘Thatcherism’ both as a cultural construct and an economic creed from the 1970s to the formation of a coalition government in 2010. New to this edition is an extended exploration of…

    Paperback – 2018-07-20 
    Routledge
    The Making of the Contemporary World

  • War and Warfare since 1945 book cover

    War and Warfare since 1945

    By Sterling M. Pavelec

    Beginning with an exploration into the question of what war is, War and Warfare since 1945 provides a chronological analysis of military history since the end of World War II extending through to an analysis of the limits of modern warfare in the nuclear age with the purpose of examining why war…

    Paperback – 2017-08-01
    Routledge
    The Making of the Contemporary World

  • Strategic Intelligence in the Cold War and Beyond book cover

    Strategic Intelligence in the Cold War and Beyond

    By Jefferson Adams

    Strategic Intelligence in the Cold War and Beyond looks at the many events, personalities, and controversies in the field of intelligence and espionage since the end of World War II. A crucial but often neglected topic, strategic intelligence took on added significance during the protracted…

    Paperback – 2014-08-19
    Routledge
    The Making of the Contemporary World

  • Islamic Fundamentalism since 1945 book cover

    Islamic Fundamentalism since 1945

    2nd Edition

    By Beverley Milton-Edwards

    Featuring a brand new examination of Islamic fundamentalism in the wake of the Arab Spring, this fully revised and updated second edition of Islamic Fundamentalism since 1945 analyzes the roots and emergence of Islamic movements in the modern world and the main thinkers that inspired them.…

    Paperback – 2013-08-15
    Routledge
    The Making of the Contemporary World

  • Thatcher and Thatcherism book cover

    Thatcher and Thatcherism

    3rd Edition

    By Eric J. Evans

    This fully revised and updated third edition of Thatcher and Thatcherism examines the origins and impact of ‘Thatcherism’ as a cultural construct and an economic creed from the 1970s to the formation of a coalition government in 2010. Focusing on the career of Margaret Thatcher, Eric J. Evans…

    Paperback – 2013-01-28
    Routledge
    The Making of the Contemporary World

  • Genocide since 1945 book cover

    Genocide since 1945

    By Philip Spencer

    In 1948 the United Nations passed the Genocide Convention. The international community was now obligated to prevent or halt what had hitherto, in Winston Churchill’s words, been a "crime without a name", and to punish the perpetrators. Since then, however, genocide has recurred repeatedly. Millions…

    Paperback – 2012-06-15
    Routledge
    The Making of the Contemporary World

  • Environmentalism since 1945 book cover

    Environmentalism since 1945

    By Gary Haq, Alistair Paul

    Today environmental issues are part of daily life, a feature of the modern world almost everyone now recognises. Contemporary environmentalism has promoted a way of speaking and thinking about the environment that was not possible or imaginable decades ago. Environmentalism Since 1945 provides a…

    Paperback – 2011-09-22
    Routledge
    The Making of the Contemporary World

  • China and the World since 1945: An International History book cover

    China and the World since 1945

    An International History

    By Chi-kwan Mark

    The emergence of China as a dominant regional power with global influence is a significant phenomenon in the twenty-first century. Its origin could be traced back to 1949 when the Chinese Communist Party under Mao Zedong came to power and vowed to transform China and the world. After the ‘century…

    Paperback – 2011-08-02
    Routledge
    The Making of the Contemporary World

  • International Economic Relations since 1945 book cover

    International Economic Relations since 1945

    By Catherine R. Schenk

    The international economy since 1945 has endured dramatic changes in its balance of power, from the early period of prosperity for industrialised nations, to the 2008/9 global crisis. In this volume Catherine Schenk outlines these huge changes, examines how the world’s economic leaders have tried…

    Paperback – 2011-02-24
    Routledge
    The Making of the Contemporary World

  • The Extreme Right in Europe book cover

    The Extreme Right in Europe

    By Paul Hainsworth

    The Extreme Right in Western Europe is a concise introduction to one of the most persistent facets of late twentieth-century history, politics and society. The legacy of the Nazi era and the increasingly unacceptable face of extremism all militated against the success of far right-wing parties…

    Paperback – 2008-03-26
    Routledge
    The Making of the Contemporary World

  • Southern Africa book cover

    Southern Africa

    By Jonathan Farley

    Southern Africa surveys the contemporary history of the whole region encompassing economic, social, political, security, foreign policy, health, environmental and gender issues in one short succinct volume. Positioning the collapse of Portugal’s African Empire in the context of the region’s…

    Paperback – 2008-02-01
    Routledge
    The Making of the Contemporary World

  • Conflicts in the Middle East since 1945 book cover

    Conflicts in the Middle East since 1945

    3rd Edition

    By Peter Hinchcliffe, Beverley Milton-Edwards

    This third edition of Conflicts in the Middle East since 1945 analyzes the nature of conflict in the Middle East, with its racial, ethnic, political, cultural, religious and economic factors. Throughout the book Peter Hinchcliffe and Beverley Milton-Edwards put the main conflicts into their wider…

    Paperback – 2007-09-07
    Routledge
    The Making of the Contemporary World

  • US Foreign Policy since 1945 book cover

    US Foreign Policy since 1945

    2nd Edition

    By Alan Dobson, Alan P. Dobson, Steve Marsh, Steve Marsh

    US Foreign Policy since 1945 is an essential introduction to postwar US foreign policy. It combines chronologic and thematic chapters to provide an historical account of US policy and to explore key questions about its design, control and effects.   New features of this second edition…

    Paperback – 2006-07-12
    Routledge
    The Making of the Contemporary World

  • Asylum Seekers and Refugees in the Contemporary World book cover

    Asylum Seekers and Refugees in the Contemporary World

    By David J. Whittaker

    Examining a number of case studies, including Palestinian, Afghan and Iraqi refugees, David J. Whittaker’s book provides a balanced introduction to this very controversial subject. Fuelled by extensive coverage in the media, the issue of asylum seekers and refugees is one of the most talked about…

    Paperback – 2005-11-24
    Routledge
    The Making of the Contemporary World

  • Latin America: Development and Conflict since 1945 book cover

    Latin America

    Development and Conflict since 1945, 2nd Edition

    By John Ward, John Ward

    Bringing the story up-to-date, this expanded new edition takes into account recent developments including Argentina's 2001 debt default and the 2002 presidential election in Brazil. Latin America provides an introduction to the economic and political history of the region in the last half century.…

    Paperback – 2004-07-01
    Routledge
    The Making of the Contemporary World

  • Terrorists and Terrorism: In the Contemporary World book cover

    Terrorists and Terrorism

    In the Contemporary World

    By David J. Whittaker

    A concise and accessible survey of this topical and complex subject, this is the first book of its type to focus on the terrorists, and their psychology, in an historical context. Focusing on a variety of prominent terrorist groups together with a number of less notorious ones, the book encourages…

    Paperback – 2004-03-04
    Routledge
    The Making of the Contemporary World

  • Decolonization book cover

    Decolonization

    2nd Edition

    By Raymond Betts, Raymond F. Betts

    Raymond F. Betts considers the 'process' of decolonization and the outcomes which have left a legacy of problems, drawing on numerous examples including Ghana, India, Rwanda and Hong Kong. He examines: the effects of the two World Wars on the colonial empire the expectations and problems…

    Paperback – 2004-02-05
    Routledge
    The Making of the Contemporary World

  • Pacific Asia book cover

    Pacific Asia

    By Yumei Zhang

    Pacific Asia has witnessed arguably the most dynamic economic growth and social transformation in the world since 1945. Inspired by the example of Japan, a number of high performing economies have emerged in the region. Pacific Asia explores this extraordinary pace of development and explains the…

    Paperback – 2003-01-23
    Routledge
    The Making of the Contemporary World

  • The Uniting of Europe: From Consolidation to Enlargement book cover

    The Uniting of Europe

    From Consolidation to Enlargement, 2nd Edition

    By Stanley Henig

    The Uniting of Europe provides an accessible introduction to the history of European integration and places European unification within a wider political and economic context The book shows how institutional developments have been conditioned by wider international considerations. The Uniting of…

    Paperback – 2002-10-03
    Routledge
    The Making of the Contemporary World

  • Conflicts in the Middle East since 1945 book cover

    Conflicts in the Middle East since 1945

    By Peter Hinchcliffe, Beverley Milton-Edwards

    First published in 2001. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.…

    Paperback – 2001-06-28
    Routledge
    The Making of the Contemporary World

  • Communism and its Collapse book cover

    Communism and its Collapse

    By Stephen White

    Ranging from the Russian revolution of 1917 to the collapse of Eastern Europe in the 1980s this study examines Communist rule. By focusing primarily on the USSR and Eastern Europe Stephen White covers the major topics and issues affecting these countries, including:* communism as a doctrine* the…

    Paperback – 2000-11-09
    Routledge
    The Making of the Contemporary World

  • Women and Political Power: Europe since 1945 book cover

    Women and Political Power

    Europe since 1945

    By Simon Henig

    The advance of women through the political system has been one of the most significant developments of the second half of the twentieth century. For the first time we have seen women Prime Ministers and Presidents in Europe. Women and Political Power examines the extent of progress women have made…

    Paperback – 2000-10-26
    Routledge
    The Making of the Contemporary World

  • Dividing and Uniting Germany book cover

    Dividing and Uniting Germany

    By Bill Niven, J. K. A. Thomaneck

    A concise introduction to the process which led to the division of Germany in 1949, and its unification in 1990, this book also explores the economic, social and cultural divisions between and east and west, which still exist in post-unification Germany. Dividing and Uniting Germany covers all…

    Paperback – 2000-09-14
    Routledge
    The Making of the Contemporary World

  • States and Nationalism in Europe since 1945 book cover

    States and Nationalism in Europe since 1945

    By Malcolm Anderson

    An examination of the ceaseless controversies surrounding ideas of nation and nationalism, showing that they are very far from dead in twenty-first century Europe. Beginning by defining these terms and setting out theories and concepts clearly and concisely, this book analyses the impact of…

    Paperback – 2000-08-10
    Routledge
    The Making of the Contemporary World

  • Conflict and Reconciliation in the Contemporary World book cover

    Conflict and Reconciliation in the Contemporary World

    By David J. Whittaker

    Conflict and Reconciliation in the Contemporary World gives a concise, original and multi-faceted introduction to the study of modern conflict situations. Using eight case- studies, from four continents: Yugoslavia, Israel, Northern Ireland, South Africa, El Salvador, Cambodia, Cyprus and…

    Paperback – 1999-05-13
    Routledge
    The Making of the Contemporary World

  • The Cold War: An International History book cover

    The Cold War

    An International History

    By David Painter

    The Cold War dominated international relations for forty-five years. It shaped the foreign policies of the United States and the Soviet Union and deeply affected their societies, domestic situations and their government institutions. Hardly any part of the world escaped its influence. David Painter…

    Paperback – 1999-04-01
    Routledge
    The Making of the Contemporary World

  • The Soviet Union in World Politics: Coexistence, Revolution and Cold War, 1945–1991 book cover

    The Soviet Union in World Politics

    Coexistence, Revolution and Cold War, 1945–1991

    By Geoffrey Roberts

    The Soviet Union in World Politics provides an introductory history of Soviet foreign policy and international relations from 1945 to the end of the Cold War and the break up of the USSR. The book summarizes historical and political controversies about Soviet foreign policy and brings the latest…

    Paperback – 1998-12-03
    Routledge
    The Making of the Contemporary World

  • China Under Communism book cover

    China Under Communism

    By Alan Lawrance

    China Under Communism examines how Marxism took root, flourished and developed within the context of an ancient Chinese civilization. Through analysis of China's history and traditional culture, the author explores the nature of Chinese communism and how it has diverged from the Soviet model. This…

    Paperback – 1998-09-24
    Routledge
    The Making of the Contemporary World

  • United Nations in the Contemporary World book cover

    United Nations in the Contemporary World

    By David J. Whittaker

    Fifty years after the creation of the United Nations, there exists a vigorous debate as to its limitations and possibilities. In United Nations in the Contemporary World, David J. Whittaker examines how the UN works and assesses its position as a world organisation.The author explores the nature of…

    Paperback – 1997-09-18
    Routledge
    The Making of the Contemporary World

  • The International Economy since 1945 book cover

    The International Economy since 1945

    By Sidney Pollard

    In The International Economy Since 1945, Sidney Pollard describes the most important global developments in economics during the last half century. In this comprehensive history the author covers all geographical regions and considers the effects of the major countries on each other. The…

    Paperback – 1997-06-26
    Routledge
    The Making of the Contemporary World