The Oxford History of Modern Europe

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T. C. W. Blanning
Oxford University Press, 2000 - History - 389 pages
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Written by an international team of leading scholars, The Oxford History of Modern Europe traces Europe's turbulent history, from the beginnings of the Revolution in France to the dawn of two world wars to the breakup of the Soviet Union to today's kaleidoscope of nation-states. The achievements (and failures) of key figures from many arenas--politics, technology, warfare, religion, and the arts among them--are drawn vividly, and social, cultural, and economic insights are included alongside the record of geopolitical strife. We read of the personality cult as exemplified by the Soviet portraits glorifying Lenin; the importance of the nylon stocking in the post-World War II economic boom; the influence of religion as five new nations (Serbia, Montenegro, Bulgaria, Romania, and Albania) emerged between 1871 and 1914--an influence that continues to be both vigorous and deadly; and the confrontation between traditional and modern cultures captured as the railway age began in Russia.
Insightful, provocative, and intellectually rewarding, this book offers an unparalleled, informed perspective on the history of the continent.
 

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Contents

z The Industrialization of Modern Europe
46
Military Modernization 17891918
76
European Society
101
The Commercialization and Sacralization
126
European Politics
153
in the Twentieth Century
186
Warfare in Europe since 1918
214
European Society in the Twentieth Century
234
From Modernism to PostModernism
260
Europe Divided and Reunited 19451995
282
FURTHER READING
307
CHRONOLOGY
335
INDEX
369
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T. C. W. Blanning is Professor of Modern European History at the University of Cambridge and the author of many books, including several definitive works on the French Revolution.

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