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Themes in Modern European History, 1890-1945

1st Edition

Edited by Nicholas Atkin, Michael Biddiss


416 pages

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Themes in Modern European History, 18901945 brings together an international team of scholars to address an eclectic range of developments and issues in European history in the period between 1890 and the end of the Second World War. This lively collection of essays adopts a thematic approach, in order to explore comprehensively a period of great change and upheaval in Europe.

Concentrating on the main powers in Europe, from Germany, Italy and Russia, to the UK and France, the book links together developments in society, the economy, politics and culture, and establishes them in their political framework. Specially commissioned chapters discuss key issues such as:

  • popular culture
  • the relationship between East and West
  • intellectual and cultural trends
  • the origins and impact of two world wars
  • communism, dictatorship and liberal democracy
  • the relationship of Europe with the wider world.

Including a chronology, maps and a glossary, as well as suggestions for further reading, this comprehensive volume is an invaluable and authoritative resource for students of modern European history.

Table of Contents

1. Conspectus Nicholas Atkin 2. East and West Detmar Klein 3. Social and Economic Developments, 1890–1914 Pamela Pilbeam 4. Intellectual and Cultural Revolution Michael Biddiss 5. Explaining the First World War: Debating the Causes Gordon Martel 6. The First World War and its Impact Frank Tallett 7. The Soviet Union and Bolshevism Abroad Mat Worley 8. Fascism Costa Pinto 9. Withstanding Extremes, Britain and France, 1918–1940 Nicholas Atkin 10. The Origins of the Second World War Steven Morewood 11. The Experience of Total War, 1939-45 Giacomo Lichtner 12. Europe and the Wider World Michael Biddiss

About the Editors

Nicholas Atkin is Professor of Modern European history at the University of Reading. He has published extensively on twentieth-century France and has recently edited The Daily Lives of Civilians in Wartime Twentieth Century Europe. He is currently writing a history of British tourism to France since the 1850s.

Michael Biddiss is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Reading General Editor of the Routledge ‘Themes’ series. His previous publications include Disease and History (co-author, 2000); and The Humanities in the New Millennium (co-editor, 2000).

About the Series

Themes in Modern European History Series

Each volume in this series contains a collection of original essays surveying a particular period of Modern European history. The contributors provide a broad survey of the social, economic, diplomatic, intellectual and cultural developments of the period, in individual states, and across the continent as a whole. The essays reflect the skills historians have to master when challenged by problems of evidence, interpretation, and presentation.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Modern / General
HISTORY / Social History