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An International History of the Twentieth Century by Antony Best
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This major new global history of the twentieth century is written by four prominent international historians for first-year undergraduate level and upward. Using their thematic and regional expertise, the authors have produced an authoritative yet accessible account of the history of international relations in the last century, covering events in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas. They focus on the history of relations between states and on the broad ideological, economic and cultural forces that have influenced the evolution of international politics over the past one hundred years. Among the areas this book covers are:
  • 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.
This is an absolutely essential book in the study of twentieth century history. Students will find themselves lacking without it.

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
Release date NZ
September 11th, 2003
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
20 maps, 8 b&w photographs
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