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Eastern Europe and the Origins of the Second World War (Making of the 20th Century) Paperback – 1 Oct 2000

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Product details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan (Oct. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312233531
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312233532
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 13.8 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,797,163 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'[This] is a decidedly useful book. Its author is blessed with extensive knowledge of a wide range of countries, large and small, and of the complex inter-relationship between them...In short, it fills an evident gap very successfully.' - Robin Prior and Trevor Wilson, Journal of Contemporary History

'...packs an admirable punch.' - Kelly McFall, The Historian

'A useful book that fills a gap and offers a valuable fresh perspective on the origins of the war in a one volume survey on Eastern Europe.' - Patrick Finney, University of Wales, Lampeter

'This book is extremely welcome and a detailed regional treatment of this sort is long overdue.' - Martin Thomas, University of the West of England

'...wonderful to see this aspect of 1930-41 covered so well.' - Dr. O.A. Hartley, University of Leeds --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

ANITA J. PRAZMOWSKA is Senior Lecturer in History in the Department of International History at the London School of Economics. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Having read the also excellent 'Britain, Poland and the Eastern Front, 1939' by the same author, I was not surprised to find 'Eastern Europe and the Origins of the Second World War' an outstanding summary of Eastern Europe on the eve of World War II. Though there are certainly more detailed accounts on each of the countries included in this book (after all this is a short overview) I find this the best one-volume on the subject. The strength of the book lies not just in the author's very good style and knowledge of the area and times but in an amazing capacity to use what I consider the most relevant bibliography for each country.

Truly amazing as a summary, I warmly recommend this short book to anyone interested in the origins of the Second World War and the rivalries and alliances of the East European countries in the interwar period and their relationship with the Big Powers.
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