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The Twentieth Century

A World History

R. Keith Schoppa

October 2021

ISBN: 9780190497361

168 pages

New Oxford World History

Price: £16.99



In The Twentieth Century: A World History, R. Keith Schoppa offers a window into one of the most turbulent and exciting periods in world history. Through a global lens spanning Africa, the Middle East, Russia, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, and the Americas, this volume traces the major developments of the twentieth century from the rise of globalization to the dawn of the digital age; from the Great War (1914-1918) to the “great war in Africa” (1998-2003); from the first genocide of the century in Namibia to the Bosnian-Kosovo genocides of the late 1990s. From the collapse of empires to the rise of decolonized nation-states on the global stage, The Twentieth Century: A World History offers a rich chronological narrative of our recent past and provides a valuable historical standpoint from which to view our twenty-first century world.

  • Offers an accessible and concise historical examination of the twentieth century
  • Provides a rich and nuanced account of our recent past by focusing on lesser-known figures of the era and a balanced comparison of widespread tragedies—as in the nuclear disaster in Chernobyl— and of victories such as the success of the digital revolution of the 1980s
  • Updates our understanding of the twentieth century with discussion of migration, the rise of feminism, state formation and state-sponsored violence, and nationalism and globalization

About the Author(s)

R. Keith Schoppa, Professor Emeritus of History, Loyola University Maryland

R. Keith Schoppa is Professor Emeritus of History at Loyola University Maryland, where he served as the Doehler Chair in Asian History from 1998 to 2014. His books include In a Sea of Bitterness and Blood Road: The Mystery of Shen Dingyi in Revolutionary China, which won the 1997 Association for Asian Studies' Levenson Award.

Table of Contents

    Editor's Preface
    Chapter 1: The Great War and Social Change, 1900-1919
    Chapter 2: Claustrophobia: Totalitarianism and the Great Depression, 1920-1936
    Chapter 3: Worlds Blown Apart, 1937-1949
    Chapter 4: A New Day? Revolution, Cold War, and Decolonization, 1950-1965
    Chapter 5: Struggling for Equality, Freedom, and Peace, 1966-1979
    Chapter 6: Bright Triumphs, Dark Disasters, 1980-1991
    Chapter 7: Written on the Darkest Pages of Human History, 1991-2000
    Further Reading

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