Europe in the Twentieth Century 4th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0155063662
ISBN-10: 0155063669
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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.

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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). --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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 (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,032,755 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 23 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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8 of 9 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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Clearly the best text on the subject. Filled with graphics and maps. It covers the political, social, and cultural history of the era with perspectives from the famous rulers to the common person. It is organized strictly chronological. This leads to areas being split up between chapters. For example, the Russian Revolution is covered in one chapter, Lenin and the NEP later, then Stalin later on in the text. Just the right amount of detail for the text not to be overbearing with great recommendations at the end of the chapter if you want to read more on certain subject presented.
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By Drake McCreary on July 13, 2015
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A wonderful and insightful account of one of the most critically impacted continents of the focus century. Paxton and Hessler captivate any history enthusiast effortlessly
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