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20th Century History - 1900 to 2000



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French Cinema: A Very Short Introduction


Dudley Andrew

September 2020

Very Short Introductions

It is often claimed that the French invented cinema, and although their prominence may have been supplanted by Hollywood today, the French film industry remains both prolific and highly lauded. Exploring the entire French cinematic oeuvre, Andrew teases out the distinguishing themes, to bring the defining features of French cinema to light.

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Northern Ireland: A Very Short Introduction

Second Edition


Marc Mulholland

February 2020

Very Short Introductions

From the Plantation of Ulster to the entry into peace talks in the late twentieth century the Northern Irish people have been engaged in conflict. This book explores the pivotal moments in Northern Irish history - the rise of republicanism in the 1800s, Home Rule, the growth of Sinn Fein, and the DUP, before bringing the story up to date.

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Nazi Germany: A Very Short Introduction


Jane Caplan

July 2019

Very Short Introductions

Nazi Germany may have only lasted for 12 years, but it has left a legacy that still echoes with us today. This book discusses the emergence and appeal of the Nazi party, the relationship between consent and terror in securing the regime, the role played by Hitler himself, and the dark stains of war, persecution, and genocide left by Nazi Germany.

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Concentration Camps: A Very Short Introduction


Dan Stone

March 2019

Very Short Introductions

Nazi concentration camps are by no means the only examples of these 'extreme institutions'; Dan Stone sets out the fuller story, from the Boer War to Bosnia. He shows how different regimes have used concentration camps at times of crisis to control populations that appeared threatening, and examines their role in consciousness and identity.

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Shrinking the Earth: The Rise and Decline of American Abundance


Donald Worster

April 2018

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Common Writing: Essays on Literary Culture and Public Debate


Stefan Collini

January 2018

In a series of penetrating and attractively readable essays, Stefan Collini, one of the most brilliant essayists of our time, explores aspects of the literary and intellectual culture of Britain in the twentieth century.

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Dissonant Lives: Generations and Violence Through the German Dictatorships, Vol. 1: Imperialism through Nazism


Mary Fulbrook

September 2017

An innovative study of the ways in which Germans of different ages and life stages lived through the violent eruptions of the two world wars, and through the rise of Nazism, looking at the ways in which this shaped, not merely German society, state, and economy, but also the character of the German people.

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Dissonant Lives: Generations and Violence Through the German Dictatorships, Vol. 2: Nazism through Communism


Mary Fulbrook

September 2017

An innovative study of the ways in which Germans of different ages and life stages lived through the move from the Nazi dictatorship to the communism that succeeded it, looking at the ways in which this shaped, not merely German society, state, and economy, but also the character of the German people.

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Gender and the Great War


Susan R. Grayzel, Tammy M. Proctor

July 2017

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Concentration Camps: A Short History


Dan Stone

March 2017

Dan Stone presents a global history of concentration camps, and considers the importance of these institutions to modern consciousness and identity. Tracing camps from their origins in in early-twentieth century colonial warfare, he discusses their evolution throughout the last century, and the complex questions their use raises.

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The Russian Revolution, 1905-1921


Mark D. Steinberg

December 2016

Oxford Histories

A new history of the Russian Revolution, exploring how people experienced it in their own lives, from Bloody Sunday in 1905 to the final shots of the civil war in 1921. The Russian Revolution, 1905-1921 focuses on human experience to address key issues of inequality, power, and violence, and ideas of justice and freedom.

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Modern Italy: A Very Short Introduction


Anna Cento Bull

October 2016

Very Short Introductions

This Very Short Introduction considers the history of Italy from the Risorgimento (the movement leading to Italian Unification in 1861) to the present. It also discusses Italy's political system and style of government; economic modernisation; emigration, internal migration and immigration; and the modern Italian culture and lifestyle.

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Public Health: A Very Short Introduction


Virginia Berridge

July 2016

Very Short Introductions

This Very Short Introduction outlines the nature of public health in our world today and places public health in its historical context from the earliest times, analysing in particular the changes in public health regulation through the nineteenth century and the twentieth and twenty first centuries.

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Patterns of Modern Chinese History


Charles Desnoyers

April 2016

Patterns of Modern Chinese History offers a broad narrative of the period starting with the Qing dynasty (1644-1912) to the present. Providing in-depth coverage of modern Chinese history, this introductory yet detailed text utilizes proven pedagogical features and a fluid narrative to examine large patterns and their origins, interactions, and adaptations. Its versatile organization accommodates both chronological and thematic approaches. The narrative begins at the height of imperial China's wealth and power, tracing it through its downward spiral and ultimate demise, and following its revolutions, civil wars, invasions, radical political interlude, and rise once again to world prominence.

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Anwar al-Sadat: Transforming the Middle East


Robert L. Tignor

November 2015

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The Modern Middle East: A History

Fourth Edition


James L. Gelvin

July 2015

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Apartheid, 1948-1994


Saul Dubow

May 2014

Oxford Histories

This fresh interpretation of apartheid South Africa integrates histories of resistance with the analysis of power - asking not only why apartheid was defeated, but how it came to survive for so long.

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A War of Peoples 1914-1919


Adrian Gregory

May 2014

Oxford Histories

This new perspective on the First World War offers a concise narrative of the war in its global context, from the first military actions in July 1914 to the signing of the peace treaty by Germany in July 1919, and explores how our understanding of the war has changed over time.

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The Cold War


John Lamberton Harper

May 2011

Oxford Histories

A concise, briskly-written account of the Cold War, drawing on the latest archival evidence and scholarly research. It includes a discussion of Cold War historiography and in the introductory section frames the main account by examining some of the subject's primary documents.

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Weimar Germany


Anthony McElligott

March 2009

Oxford Short History of Germany

An authoritative and up-to-date history of Weimar Germany, with each chapter written by an internationally acknowledged expert in the field, that throws new light on important areas such as constitutional and social reform, Jewish life, gender and cultural developments.

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