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1946 : the making of the modern world

Author: Victor Sebestyen
Publisher: London : Macmillan, 2014.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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With the end of the Second World War, a new world was born. The peace agreements that brought the conflict to an end implemented decisions that not only shaped the second half of the twentieth century, but continue to affect our world today and impact on its future. In 1946 the Cold War began, the state of Israel was conceived, the independence of India was all but confirmed and Chinese Communists gained a decisive  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Victor Sebestyen
ISBN: 0230758002 9780230758001 1447276396 9781447276395
OCLC Number: 892823007
Description: xxiii, 438 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
1. 'I'm tired of babying the Soviets' --
2. The American century --
3. The Russians: 'a Tsarist people' --
4. Stunde Null: zero hour --
5. Austria forgets its past --
6. The spy who comes in from the cold --
7. Austerity Britain --
8. A performance at the Bolshoi --
9. The declaration of Cold war --
10. The abdication crisis --
11. Rape and pillage --
12. 'Woe, woe to the Germans' --
13. 'Anywhere but home' --
14. 'This Chinese cesspit' --
15. Iron Curtain --
16. The fog of war --
17. Sunset on the Raj --
18. Refugees --
19. Trials and errors --
20. A Greek tragedy --
21. She 'erit ha-pleta: the surviving remnant --
22. 'A Jewish-Bolshevik plot': blood libels --
23. The war against terror --
24. 'Listen world. This is Crossroads' --
25. The glory of France: 'Resistance in the heart' --
26. Stalin's Turkish bluff --
27. The bloodbath in Calcutta --
28. 'Half-nun, half-whore' --
29. The return of the king --
30. 'Sand down a rat hole' --
31. The general orders: democracy --
32. The big freeze --
Epilogue.
Responsibility: Victor Sebestyen.

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