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"The Twentieth Century World is the best single volume survey of international history, and it is even better in this new edition. Clear, comprehensive, and beautifully balance, it has been a consistent favorite among my students. I don't remember any textbook getting the same kind of uniformly enthusiastic reviews."--James Sheehan, Stanford University


"A leading text on international history since 1900, now updated to include more coverage of the non-Western world, NGOs, humans rights, and environmental issues. Judicious, authoritative, and comprehensive, this work is highly recommended."--Erez Manela, Harvard University


"This fine synthesis adroitly combines regional, national, and transnational levels of analysis into a coherent narrative of twentieth century history. It provides an excellent guide to both the violence that marked this period in history as well humanity's efforts to cope with it."--Emily S. Rosenberg, University of California, Irvine


"The clearest and most useful text on world politics since 1900. My students consistently give it a thumbs up, and so do I."--Charles Lipson, University of Chicago


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William R. Keylor is Professor of International Relations and History at Boston University.
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  • Paperback: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 6 edition (May 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199736340
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199736348
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.9 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Aaron Reinhardt on March 26, 2003
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The Twentieth-Century World: An International History, by Dr. William R. Keylor, has been recognized as one of the foremost sources for a historical account of the twentieth century by several professors, students, and other applicable parties alike, and for good reason. There are several factors to take into account when determining the merit of such a text, including the tenability of the text, the efficiency of its organization, the cogency of its material, and its physical practicalities in terms of design and dimension, not to mention the price. This text is an assessment, in narrative form of twentieth-century world history which provides comprehensive coverage of affairs related to the United States, Latin America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, all of which is up to date as recently as the year two thousand. Dr. Keylor presents the political, diplomatic and military history of the twentieth century while putting an appropriate significance on the effects of economics as well as on the bearing that geopolitics has over a country, both of which are often overlooked. In doing so, this text sheds light on important yet presumably subtle factors that have played important roles in the development of twentieth-century international history. While this account of international relations in the twentieth century is not only concise and depicted with convincing sensibility, Dr. Keylor manages to accomplish this with coherency and clarity, which substantiates a prepossessing flow from page to page. Perhaps one of the most appealing factors of this text is the language, which is straightforward and understandable without diminishing the quality of the material or compromising its effectiveness. In fact, this method likely affords Dr.Read more ›
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By -_Tim_- on January 12, 2006
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The Twentieth Century World opens with a prologue that examines international relations at the outset of the twentieth century and sets the stage for the rest of the book. The book's three major sections then examine the period bracketed by the two world wars, which was characterized by German expansionist aspirations and attempts by the other major powers to contain them, the cold war era characterized by superpower rivalry, and the post-cold war era characterized by increasing disorder in international relations.

Author William Keylor is consistently strong in describing how geopolitical forces - geography, demographics, technology, and finance - affect national development and international relations. He shows that political arrangements need to be consistent with the operation of these forces to be successful. But he does not imagine that international relations are determined entirely by objective forces: he recognizes that ideas are important too. For example, because it holds itself out as a model of democracy, the United States is judged by the same ideals that it professes. The ideologies of democracy and national self-determination advanced by the United States have not eliminated its self-interested behavior but they have constrained it. Keylor also recognizes the role of leadership in international relations. For example, he describes how competent and farsighted leadership in many Asian countries has helped produce impressive economic growth over a period of many decades, lifting hundreds of millions of people out of poverty and exerting pressure on neighboring countries to adopt similar export-oriented policies.

In fact, I found his explanation of development processes in East Asia to be particularly illuminating.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Christy VINE VOICE on August 25, 2009
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...this book is really great. I normally only read enough of a textbook in order to get through a class but this book was really, really interesting. This book is very well written. I read the whole thing. It is deep enough to be truly informative without killing you with detail. Most interesting is that it provides some political analysis and general "why" answers that a straight history book would not (I was reading it for a political science / international relations class). I can't wait to unload most of my textbooks as soon as I finish my courses but I think I will actually hold on to this one. I have used this book as a reference over and over in my classes following the one that I bought this book for (it has a good index too).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By avidthinker on December 22, 2012
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Is this an excellent analysis of 20th century world history? Yes! Genius, even! I think it presents history in an insightful, interesting way. Unfortunately, I can hardly decipher it! It uses unnecessarily complex vocabulary. The grammar, though correct, is roundabout and uses far more words than are needed to convey the points. I love a broad vocabulary when it's used to make a point clearer, but in this case, the meaning hides behind the words. I'd love a revised edition that expresses the material more clearly.
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By D. Peck on June 14, 2014
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Keylor seems to have an unreasonable amount of bias toward many of historical examinations. I would rather a writer stick to the facts and if an argument is to be made, then please provide me a opposing view. Luckily our professor provided The Long Fuse by Lafore to explain the events leading up to World T
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