The Oxford History Of Twentieth Century Paperback – 12 Dec 2002
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Review from previous edition makes other denizens of the depot look like slowcoaches. ... The editors, both of irresistible persuasiveness and prestige, have secured, in most cases, the best-qualified contributors in the world. ...Most of the regional and chronological chapters are composed by masters of summation. ... This is a small book but a big achievement: a model of ambition without pretension, of compression without compromises. (Felipe Fernandez-Armesto, The Times)
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possibly the two men in the English-speaking world best qualified to edit such a compilation ... this is pre-eminently a book for the general reader ... They write with such style and panache as well as obvious mastery of their subjects, and one reads them as much for pleasure as for instruction. ... This is a book to be heartily recommended. (Philip Ziegler, The Daily Telegraph)
splendid, edited by two distinguished historians who have assembled a team of over 20 scholars outstanding in their comprehensive precision and clarity ... this book is a solid, readable and reliable guide to the past century. Most readers will be pleased, and often surprised, by the skill with which its complex events have been set in their context. (David Killingray, Third Way)
It's an impressive survey, deftly handled and wise in its judgements. (Trevor Royle, Scotland on Sunday)
About the Author
Sir Michael Howard CBE is Emeritus Professor of Modern History at both Oxford and Yale University. His many books include The Causes of War, War in European History, The Lessons of History, The Invention of Peace, War and the Liberal Conscience, The Franco-Prussian War (Duff Cooper Memorial Prize), Studies in War and Peace (Wolfson History Prize), and, most recently, The First World War. Professor Wm Roger Louis D.Litt is Kerr Professor of English History and Culture at the University of Texas at Austin and an Associate Fellow of St Antony's College, Oxford.
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This 450-page book consists of 27 chapters, grouped in 5 parts, namely The Framework of the Century, The Eurocentric World 1900-1945, The Cold War 1945-1900, The Wider World, and finally Envoi.
Part 1 is an overall review of the century from different points of views, science, technology, economy, politics, culture and art. This gives you a very brief yet concise idea of what the century is like, what happened, and what were eventually the consequences.
Part 2, a very exciting part, tells about the politic and military situations in the two world wars.
Part 3 is on the post-war period after the second World War. This tells you about the Cold War between the U.S. and the Soviet Union, and its influences.
Part 4 is dedicated to the development of areas other than Europe and the U.S. If you are interested in the history of a specific area other than those dominant countries in the century, or if you would like to look wider than just those countries, this part surely gives you what you want.
And finally Part 5 concludes the 20th century and looks forward to the 21st century.
This book did a very good job in trying to gather different opinions. The 27 chapters were actually written by 26 leading professionals, including Nobel prize winner Steven Weinberg. As each chapter is dedicated to one particular interest, you can easily jump to where you are interested - if that's what you prefer.
In conclusion, this book is a very good choice for anyone, even idiots and dummies, who want to widen their world view and know more about the 20th century, a remarkable century in human history that makes today's world the way it is.
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