Out of Ashes

Out of Ashes

A New History of Europe in the Twentieth Century

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Baker & Taylor
"A sweeping history of twentieth-century Europe, Out of Ashes tells the story of an era of unparalleled violence and barbarity yet also of humanity, prosperity, and promise. Konrad Jarausch describes how the European nations emerged from the nineteenth century with high hopes for continued material progress and proud of their imperial command over the globe, only to become embroiled in the bloodshed of World War I, which brought an end to their optimism and gave rise to competing democratic, communist, and fascist ideologies. He shows how the 1920s witnessed renewed hope and a flourishing of modernist art and literature, but how the decade ended in economic collapse and gave rise to a second, more devastating world war and genocide on an unprecedented scale. Jarausch further explores how Western Europe surprisingly recovered due to American help and political integration. Finally, he examines how the Cold War pushed the divided continent to the brink of nuclear annihilation, and how the unforeseen triumph of liberal capitalism came to be threatened by Islamic fundamentalism, global economic crisis, and an uncertain future. A stunning achievement, Out of Ashes explores the paradox of the European encounter with modernity in the twentieth century, sheddingnew light on why it led to cataclysm, inhumanity, and self-destruction, but also social justice, democracy, and peace"--

Princeton University Press

A sweeping history of twentieth-century Europe, Out of Ashes tells the story of an era of unparalleled violence and barbarity yet also of humanity, prosperity, and promise.

Konrad Jarausch describes how the European nations emerged from the nineteenth century with high hopes for continued material progress and proud of their imperial command over the globe, only to become embroiled in the bloodshed of World War I, which brought an end to their optimism and gave rise to competing democratic, communist, and fascist ideologies. He shows how the 1920s witnessed renewed hope and a flourishing of modernist art and literature, but how the decade ended in economic collapse and gave rise to a second, more devastating world war and genocide on an unprecedented scale. Jarausch further explores how Western Europe surprisingly recovered due to American help and political integration. Finally, he examines how the Cold War pushed the divided continent to the brink of nuclear annihilation, and how the unforeseen triumph of liberal capitalism came to be threatened by Islamic fundamentalism, global economic crisis, and an uncertain future.

A stunning achievement, Out of Ashes explores the paradox of the European encounter with modernity in the twentieth century, shedding new light on why it led to cataclysm, inhumanity, and self-destruction, but also social justice, democracy, and peace.



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Tracing the development and impact of political and social movements, this history of 20th-century Europe explores the European paradox of simultaneous material progress and the destruction of war. Chronological sections cover the progress of the early decades of the century, the destruction of wars, and recovery from war. The final section addresses the challenges of globalization from 1973 to 2000, looking at student revolutions, the overthrow of communism, the political and economic transformation of Eastern Europe, and international terrorism. Black and white historical photos are included. While the book attempts to be accessible, the level of detail is appropriate to more-prepared students, advanced students, and scholars. Annotation ©2015 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)

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An overview of twentieth century Europe explores its hopeful emergence from the nineteenth century only to succumb to the bloodshed of war and gradual growth of competing political ideologies that divided the continent further.
A sweeping history of 20th-century Europe tells the story of an era of unparalleled violence and barbarity yet also of humanity, prosperity, and promise.

Publisher: Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, 2015
ISBN: 9780691152790
Characteristics: ix, 867 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm

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