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Twisted Paths

Europe 1914-1945

Edited by Robert Gerwarth

Publication Date - June 2008

ISBN: 9780199545308

464 pages
Paperback

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Retail Price to Students: $51.00

A concise look at European history between 1914 and 1945, Twisted Paths: Europe 1914-1945 offers a new and alternative introduction to the period.

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A concise look at European history between 1914 and 1945, Twisted Paths: Europe 1914-1945 offers a new and alternative introduction to the period. Featuring a series of succinct interpretations by expert contributors, this volume covers historical developments in all areas within Europe's natural borders--from the Atlantic to the Arctic Ocean, from the Bosporus to the Urals and the Mediterranean. Moving beyond the view that the history of this period can only be understood in terms of catastrophe, it argues for a more balanced perspective, suggesting that both "darker" and "lighter" elements in Europe's history were capable of evolving simultaneously. Without neglecting the more familiar stories of war, genocide, and economic depression, each chapter demonstrates that political stability and regime collapse, social progress and mass poverty, and the crisis of European civilization and remarkable cultural achievements, existed alongside each other.

Emphasizing the histories of the smaller states--and the multifaceted nature of the period--Twisted Paths illuminates the diversity of Europe's experiences in the first half of the twentieth century.

Table of Contents

    Introduction, Robert Gerwarth
    Scandinavia, Mary Hilson
    Great Britain, Ross McKibbin
    The Two Irelands, Alvin Jackson
    Belgium and the Netherlands, Martin Conway & Peter Romijn
    France, Joan Tumblety
    Iberia, Frances Lannon
    Italy, R. J. B. Bosworth
    Germany, Stefan Berger
    The Successor States, R. J. W. Evans
    The Balkans, Richard J. Crampton
    Finland and the Baltic States, Kristina Spohr Readman
    Russia, Hubertus F. Jahn
    Europe and the League of Nations, Patricia Clavin
    Europe and the Wider World, Nicholas Doumanis
    Select Chronology