To Hell and Back: Europe 1914-1949

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Penguin, 17.11.2015 - 608 Seiten
"Chilling... To Hell and Back should be required reading in every chancellery, every editorial cockpit and every place where peevish Euroskeptics do their thinking…. Kershaw documents each and every ‘ism’ of his analysis with extraordinary detail and passionate humanism."—The New York Times Book Review

The Penguin History of Europe series reaches the twentieth century with acclaimed scholar Ian Kershaw’s long-anticipated analysis of the pivotal years of World War I and World War II.

 
The European catastrophe, the long continuous period from 1914 to 1949, was unprecedented in human history—an extraordinarily dramatic, often traumatic, and endlessly fascinating period of upheaval and transformation. This new volume in the Penguin History of Europe series offers comprehensive coverage of this tumultuous era. Beginning with the outbreak of World War I through the rise of Hitler and the aftermath of the Second World War, award-winning British historian Ian Kershaw combines his characteristic original scholarship and gripping prose as he profiles the key decision makers and the violent shocks of war as they affected the entire European continent and radically altered the course of European history. Kershaw identifies four major causes for this catastrophe: an explosion of ethnic-racist nationalism, bitter and irreconcilable demands for territorial revisionism, acute class conflict given concrete focus through the Bolshevik Revolution, and a protracted crisis of capitalism.
 
Incisive, brilliantly written, and filled with penetrating insights, To Hell and Back offers an indispensable study of a period in European history whose effects are still being felt today. 

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Nutzerbericht  - DLMorrese - LibraryThing

I found this an excellent account of a pivotal moment of history. It relates not only the events but the underlying economic and ideological factors that influenced them. So why only 4 stars? Well, it ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Nutzerbericht  - Schmerguls - LibraryThing

5380.To Hell and Back Europe, 1914-1949, by Ian Kershaw (read 9 June 2016) This is a masterful work, telling of Europe from 1914 to 1949. There are no footnotes, though there is a 28 page bibliography ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Title Page
Europes Era of SelfDestruction
The Great Disaster
Turbulent Peace
Dancing on the Volcano
Gathering Shadows
Danger Zone
Towards the Abyss
Hell on Earth
Quiet Transitions in the Dark Decades
Out of the Ashes
Photographs
Index
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Über den Autor (2015)

Ian Kershaw, author of To Hell and BackThe End, Fateful Choices, and Making Friends with Hitler, is a British historian of twentieth-century Germany noted for his monumental biographies of Adolf Hitler. In 2002 he received his knighthood for Services to History. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, of the Royal Historical Society, of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, and of the Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung in Bonn.

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