This book provides readers with an introduction to the complex era from 1878 to the end of World War I. The 40 years before 1914 were a period of extraordinary peace and prosperity but this world came to a dramatic end with the start of the First World War. Stone explores the political history of the period running up to the war, setting events in the context of social, economic and cultural changes.Norman Stone makes sense of this complex period of political and social change by exploring common European themes and establishing a political and international chronology for readers to follow. He reveals the individual character of the European countries, discussing the five Great Powers in essay rather than narrative form. He treats war and revolution in a separate section and concludes by considering the cultural developments of the period.
Norman Stone is currently Professor of International Relations at Bilkent University, Ankara, TUrkey, where he is Director of the Turkish-Russian Institute. He was previously Professor of Modern History at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge. His first book, The Eastern Front, 1914-1017 (1975) won the Wolfson Prize for History in 1976. His other works include Hitler (1980); Czechoslovakia: Crossroads and Crises, edited with Edward Stroughal (1989); and The Other Russian: the Expereience of Exile edited with Michael Glenny (1990).