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The Lights that Failed: European International History 1919-1933 (Oxford History of Modern Europe)

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ISBN-13: 978-0199226863
ISBN-10: 0199226865
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"Zara Steiner's work has ensured that we will have to treat that neglected decade [the 1920s] with proper respect. She has told the story with impeccable scholarship, clarity and compassion ... Her book will rightly become the definitive work on the period."--Margaret MacMillan, Times Literary Supplement


"Any reader who wants to understand the inter-War period should consult this book and any serious student of the period should buy it. For there is simply nothing to compare with it in terms of erudition or exposition. Above all Zara Steiner ensures that we read history forward not backward."--The Independent


"Majestic and authoritative volume...The Lights that Failed skillfully and judiciously deploys the fruits of extensive reading and long reflection ... Embedded in its comprehensive survey of the main protagonists and themes is a radical and fascinating argument."--Mark Mazower, BBC


"A dazzling account...This combination of human drama and a broad international perspective, shifting between western, eastern and Atlantic viewpoints, is a governing strength of the narrative, at once providing fascinating detail, balance, and vivid variety of pace and content. Steiner's long, wise view of international relations during the last epoch when western Europe confidently believed itself the centre of the world is compelling reading for anyone concerned with the continent's past - or future."--FT Magazine


"Impressive"--David Stevenson, LRB


"Zara Steiner has produced a splendid volume, chock full of detail and with many thought-provoking insights. It will remain a classic for many years to come. For those studying international business history it will serve as an excellent background reference manual to the period...If one were to ask for more it would be the second volume in the same vein." - Derek H. Aldcroft, Business History


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Zara Steiner is Emeritus Fellow, New Hall, University of Cambridge

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Product Details

  • Series: Oxford History of Modern Europe
  • Paperback: 960 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (September 27, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199226865
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199226863
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 2.1 x 5.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #323,075 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D.V. KOKKINOS on July 16, 2014
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From the extensive reading that I have done on the subject, this is the most complete compact work done that covers and analyzes all principal parameters that shaped the post- first WW environment. It is a truly holistic approach that is not written from a national point of view but rather for the the detached and very observant one. It is to be admired that the book,although relatively short,is inclusive of all main aspects of this unstable era,full of hope initially but with the germs of destruction already there as the author ably demonstrates .it is remarkable that the author avoids secondary issues,even interesting ones,in a successful effort to keep the text coherent.
The book is in two parts. The first part examines how the Statesmen of West and East,in Versailles and afterwards,reconstituted differently the remains of Europe after the collapse of empires and the new international regime that emerged as a result.
The book clarifies in a well organized method all the principal questions about this era and explains how Europe reconstituted herself in new Nations and new regimes in old Nations and the interplay between them. It shows the beginning of the inherent instability of the resulting international order.
In the second part of the book,that the author names aptly "The hinge years" 1929-1933 the inherent instability of the new order started to give theFirst serious indications of collapse mainly but not only due to the great Economic Depression.
In the conclusion of the Hinge Years,which is the strongest and most memorable part of this book,in the authors own words:
"The Hinge Years of 1929-1933 witnessed the threat to the hopes and institutions,nurtured during the previous decade and the collapse of many of them"
The book is written in a simple but elegant prose and is admirably documented.
If one reads only one book on this period, this is it
DVK
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By rdujarric@aol.com on December 28, 2013
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Overall excellent. She could spend a little more time (a) describing the key characters, I.e. a short two-three page bio of the major actors when they appear on the stage and (b) it needs a little more on the immediate post-World War 1 fighting in the east (Germany. Poland, Baltic area).
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By Howard. Bluth on June 11, 2015
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Superb historical narrative by a master. Difficult at times because of the sheer volume of information. Highly recommended!
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