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eBook Europe between the wars: A political history ePub

by Martin Kitchen

  • ISBN: 0582017416
  • Category: Humanities
  • Subcategory: Other
  • Author: Martin Kitchen
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Longman (1988)
  • Pages: 350
  • ePub book: 1974 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1436 kb
  • Other: rtf lit lrf docx
  • Rating: 4.9
  • Votes: 372

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Cover copy - Kitchin: Europe between the Wars: A Political History Back cover The Great War traumatised a. .

Cover copy - Kitchin: Europe between the Wars: A Political History Back cover The Great War traumatised a generation. The European economy was left in ruins and the social structure disrupted. Separate chapters follow on the Soviet Union, the often ignored countries of Eastern Europe, Italy, Weimar Germany, Britain, France, Spain and Nazi Germany.

This is a splendid up-to-date overview of the political, international and economic history of Europe between the wars. It will be of invaluable use to both students and scholars alike. Its strengths lie in the breadth of coverage, the clarity of the narrative and the ease with which the authors interlards his story with analysis.

Martin Kitchen is Professor Emeritus of history at Simon Fraser University, Canada. He is AUTHOR of numerous books on European history, including The German Offensives of 1918 (2001), The Cambridge Illustrated History of Germany (2000) and Nazi Germany: A Critical Introduction (2004).

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Martin Kitchen (December 21, 1936, Nottingham, England) is a British-Canadian historian, who has specialized in modern European history, with an emphasis on Germany. He is internationally regarded as a key author for the study of contemporary history. Kitchen was educated at Magdalen College, Oxford, and the School of Slavonic and East European Studies at the University of London.

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This is a splendid up-to-date overview of the political, international and economic history of Europe between the wars

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Rolorel Rolorel
I found this a very useful history of the 21 years between the world wars. The author takes it country by country, more or less, in separate chapters. This works. I was pleased to see that in the eight years since his work on Austrian Fascism, Kitchen has calmed down the "Marxist historian" stance, which is now dead out of fashion, of course, and was more neutral in his treatment. A judgemental historian is useless. But on the strength of this one, I mean to try two of his other histories.
Jwalextell Jwalextell
Superb academic history at its finest. This work is the product of extensive research and is so well written. Europe Between the Wars is a must-have book for anyone interested in the First and Second World Wars.
Uranneavo Uranneavo
Stopped reading 1/3rd of the way through in frustration. There are other better surveys of the period. The book is substantially over priced.
Feri Feri
This was designated the core text on my university course. There are many other general histories of this period available. How does this measure up? Not well at all. After a few weeks I no longer consulted it.

I found it difficult to read. Chapters are not broken up into sections, nor are general points brought out, key themes are not outlined. Topics are discussed without reference to current controversies and questions. The author might say he was writing in his own style – but this is supposed to be for students to a university standard, and it will be expected that they grasp essential points and demonstrate this in assignments.

An opening chapter on the “temper of the times” left me bored and baffled. It is a review neither comprehensive nor structured of the books of some [mainly German] intellectuals. A second early chapter sets out the economic background to the period – it was distinctly unhelpful. The author is not an economist nor an economic historian.

Covering the years from 1919 to 1939, and he sticks rather too closely to the frame. His discussion of the peace treaties suffers by being unrelated to the wars they were concluding. Even so he fails to set out clearly what was decided and what was not.

It was the chapter on the Soviet Union that marked the end for me. The events of 1917 are not considered. Rather we are thrown into the Civil War. But that is not the real problem. We learn that the Bolsheviks are "a bunch thugs,brigands and gangsters along with a handful of intellectuals who distilled their frenzy from the works of marx and sundry wild-eyed Russian revolutionaries", and its leader, Lenin, a “desk-top murderer”. A critical position on such matters is hardly a problem, expressing it in such terms most definitely is. Use analysis like this as an undergraduate and you will fail.

Kitchen’s limits led me to look elsewhere. I found the following useful - Joll [Europe from 1870], Hobsbawm [Age of Extremes] and, recently published, Jarausch [Out of Ashes] and Kershaw's To Hell and Back. These four – and there are many others – write in a clear style; arguments are presented and evaluated, chapters broken up, conclusions drawn and summaries presented. Yet their opinions and ideas/ideologies are diverse.

Last but not least – this book is expensive. I cannot recommend it.