Barbarism and Civilization: A History of Europe in Our Time

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Oxford University Press, 2009 - 901 páginas
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"Here is the definitive history of contemporary Europe, a controversial but authoritative and lively narrative that is destined to become the standard account of the period from 1914 to the present. In this important new book, University of Chicago historian Bernard Wasserstein offers the first serious, full-length history of a century of convulsive change. It is a history of barbarism and civilization, of cruelty and tenderness, of technological achievement and environmental blight, of imperial expansion and withdrawal, of authoritarian repression and of individualism resurgent. Wasserstein provides both a narrative of the main contours of the political, diplomatic, and military history and an analysis of the underpinnings of demographic, economic, and social developments. Most notably, the book explores the evolution of values and sensibilities in a period when, for the first time, God disappeared as a living presence in the minds of most Europeans. Wasserstein argues that barbarism and civilization were not polar opposites: rather they marched hand in hand. Twentieth-century Europe saw incontestable improvements in living conditions for most inhabitants of the continent: average life span was extended by more than half; real incomes increased dramatically; illiteracy was all but eliminated; women, ethnic minorities, and homosexuals advanced closer to equality of respect and opportunity. Yet the century also witnessed some of the most brutish episodes in the recorded history of our species. Hence Wasserstein's conclusion that "greed, selfishness, lies, and cruelty are the stuff of the history of Europe in our time." Drawing on the latest scholarly findings,including recent disclosures of intelligence materials and archival revelations that followed the fall of Communism in Eastern Europe, Wasserstein captures the essence of contemporary European history in an engaging narrative that is by turns grim, humorous, surprising, and enlightening." -- Publisher.
 

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Contenido

1 Europe at 1914
1
2 Europe at War 19141917
37
3 Revolutionary Europe 19171921
80
4 Recovery of the Bourgeoisie 19211929
127
5 Depression and Terror 19291936
165
6 Europe in the 1930s
205
7 Spiral into War 19361939
242
8 Hitler Triumphant 19391942
287
13 Stalin and his Heirs 19491964
487
14 Consensus and Dissent in Western Europe 19581973
520
15 Europe in the 1960s
554
16 Strife in Communist Europe 19641985
590
17 Stress in Liberal Europe 19731989
627
18 The Collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe 19851991
666
19 After the Fall 19912007
705
20 Europe in the New Millennium
750

9 Life and Death in Wartime
330
10 End of Hitlers Europe 19421945
369
11 Europe Partitioned 19451949
403
12 West European Recovery 19491958
451
Notes
794
Bibliography
838
Index
867
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Bernard Wasserstein was born in London in 1948 and educated at Balliol and Nuffield Colleges, Oxford. He has taught at Sheffield, Oxford, Glasgow, and Brandeis Universities and at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Since 2003 he has been Harriet and Ulrich Meyer Professor of History at theUniversity of Chicago. His many previous books include Britain and the Jews of Europe 1939-1945 and The Secret Lives of Trebitsch Lincoln (which won the Golden Dagger Award for Non-Fiction from the Crime Writers' Association).

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