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Europe in the Twentieth Century Hardcover – July 13, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0155063662 ISBN-10: 0155063669 Edition: 4th

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing; 4 edition (July 13, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0155063669
  • ISBN-13: 978-0155063662
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,554,525 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I like this book more than the Gilbert and Large because it does a better job overall balancing coverage of politics with coverage of social, economic and cultural themes."

"When choosing a book I look for one that tries to balance history, economics, politics, society, and culture without overly embracing one of these to the neglect of something else. That is no easy task and I believe that this book does that successfully and the revisions continue that tradition." --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Robert O. Paxton is professor of history emeritus at Columbia University. A specialist in the history of western Europe in the era of the two world wars, he has written extensively on France under Nazi occupation, including VICHY FRANCE: OLD GUARD AND NEW ORDER (Columbia University Press, 2001) and VICHY FRANCE AND THE JEWS (Stanford University Press, 1995). His most recent work is THE ANATOMY OF FASCISM (Alfred Knopf, 2004).

Julie Hessler is Associate Professor of History at University of Oregon. She is the author of A SOCIAL HISTORY OF SOVIET TRADE (Princeton University Press, 2004) as well as a number of articles on Soviet social, economic, and cultural history. Her current research focuses on Soviet cultural relations with the Third World from the late 1950s through the 1980s. Professor Hessler's teaching areas include Soviet history, twentieth-century Eastern Europe, postwar Europe, and historical methods, as well as broader European surveys. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By D-Rock on May 15, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I felt I needed to respond to the other reviewer, who may or may not be a pre-schooler. This was our textbook for my 20th century European History class (college, not preschool) and I can safely say that this is the best textbook I have ever owned. It is certainly not a novel, it is filled with facts as any textbook must be. But its softcover is an indicator of its content. Paxton is able to weave stories and ideas together, and produce an excellent history of a fascinating century. It is not light reading by any means, and is not intended to be so, but it provides an excellent source of background information to the most horrific and terrible century in Europe's history.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 12, 2000
Format: Paperback
As a survey and learning guide this is a wonderful book. It gives an accurate depiction of the turbulence of Europe throughout the 20th century - with revolutions and revelations taking center stage. As with all history books at some points the reading is a little dry,,,because history can become a little dry at times. But then someone takes up an issue and the author rolls with it. This is an excellent guide for the history minded individual without focusing too much on one event.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful By gone wild on October 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover Amazon Verified Purchase
Dont buy this is an old copy i asked for fifth addition and i get second addition. I am so disappointed.
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8 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 22, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Robert O. Paxton has managed, with this book, to turn one of the most dynamic and exciting periods of European history into a turgid, unreadable mess. At every turn, events are fully detailed, but robbed of even the slightest spark of life, as flat and uninteresting as a dessicated leaf.
Though EUROPE IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY could be used as reference work, with the scholar dipping in to grab facts as needed, Paxton's work is an utter failure as a cover-to-cover read, thanks to his seeming inability to write in a compelling fashion. Couple the boredom factor with the book's outrageous, textbook-typical price point, and there's little here to recommend to the prospective buyer.
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