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To hell and back : Europe, 1914-1949

Author: Ian Kershaw
Publisher: New York, New York : Viking, [2015] ©2015
Series: Penguin history of Europe, 8.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The Penguin History of Europe series reaches the twentieth century with ... Ian Kershaw's long-anticipated analysis of the pivotal years of World War I and World War II. The European catastrophe, the long continuous period from 1914 to 1949, was unprecedented in human history-- an extraordinarily dramatic, often traumatic, and endlessly fascinating period of upheaval and transformation. This new volume in the ...  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Narrative non-fiction
History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Kershaw, Ian.
To hell and back.
New York, New York : Viking, 2016
(DLC) 2015044235
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ian Kershaw
ISBN: 9780670024582 0670024589
OCLC Number: 928750652
Description: xxiv, 592 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: Europe's era of self-destruction --
On the brink --
The great disaster --
Turbulent peace --
Dancing on the volcano --
Gathering shadows --
Danger zone --
Towards the abyss --
Hell on earth --
Quiet transitions in the dark decades --
Out of the ashes.
Series Title: Penguin history of Europe, 8.
Responsibility: Ian Kershaw.
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"The Penguin History of Europe series reaches the twentieth century with ... Ian Kershaw's long-anticipated analysis of the pivotal years of World War I and World War II. The European catastrophe, the long continuous period from 1914 to 1949, was unprecedented in human history-- an extraordinarily dramatic, often traumatic, and endlessly fascinating period of upheaval and transformation. This new volume in the ... series offers comprehensive coverage of this tumultuous era. Beginning with the outbreak of World War I through the rise of Hitler and the aftermath of the Second World War, [the author] profiles the key decision makers and the violent shocks of war as they affected the entire European continent and radically altered the course of European history. Kershaw identifies four major causes for this catastrophe: an explosion of ethnic-racist nationalism, bitter and irreconcilable demands for territorial revisionism, acute class conflict given concrete focus through the Bolshevik Revolution, and a protracted crisis of capitalism. [This book] offers [a] study of a period in European history whose effects are still being felt today"--Amazon.com.

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