- the decline of European hegemony over the international order
- the diffusion of power to the two superpowers
- the rise of newly independent states in Asia and Africa
- the course and consequences of the three major global conflicts of the twentieth century: the Great War, the Second World War and the Cold War.
Table of Contents
1. Great power rivalry and the World War, 1900-1917 2. The search for European stability, 1917-1929 3. Japan, China and the origins of the Pacific War, 1914-41 4. The European colonial empires, 1900-45 5. Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict, 1900-1949 6. 'Good neighbours'? The United States and the Americas, 1900-45 7. The path to European War, 1930-39 8. The Second World War, 1940-45 9. The First World War, 1945-61 10. Asia in turmoil: nationalism, revolution and the rise of the Cold War, 1945-1953 11. From Cold War to detente, 1962-79 12. The Vietnam Wars, 1945-79 13. Neutralism, development and the rise of the Third World, 1945-89 14. The 'Developmental States': Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, 1945-89 15. The People's republic of China: ideology and nationalism, 1949-89 16. The United States and Latin America, 1945-89 17. Africa: decolonization and independence, 1945-89 18. The Arab-Israeli conflict, 1948-91 19. The rise of political Islam, 1928-2000 20. The rnd of the Cold War and the 'Brave New World', 1980-2000 Epilogue; Glossary; Bibliography; Index
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