Fischer offers a captivating analysis of Europe s turbulenthistory during the first half of the twentieth century, from theoptimism at the turn of the century to the successive waves ofdestruction of the First and Second World Wars. * Written by a leading authority in this field, the book drawsupon his areas of expertise * Reflects the most recent scholarship in this period ofhistory * While laying stress on Europe's major powers and theseminal events of the earlier twentieth century, Fischer paysdue attention to the smaller European countries from the Atlanticto the Black Sea and the Baltic to the Mediterranean * Extends beyond the political, sociological, and economicparadigms to include extensive references to the European culturalscene * Organized both as a broad chronology and thematically, in orderto allow for historical insights and entry into the key debates andliterature
Conan Fischer is Professorial Fellow in the School of History, University of St Andrews, Scotland. He is the author of Stormtroopers: a Social, Economic and Ideological Analysis 1929-35 (1983), The German Communists and the Rise of Nazism (1991), The Rise of the Nazis (1995 & 2002) and The Ruhr Crisis 1923-1924 (2003) He is editor of The Rise of National Socialism and the Working Classes in Weimar Germany (1996) and co-editor of After the Versailles Treaty: Enforcement, Compliance, Contested Identities (with Alan Sharp, 2008). He is currently researching the history of Franco-German relations during the Great Depression (1929-32).
List of Illustrations. Foreword. Chapter 1. The European Paradox. Chapter 2. The Coming of War. Chapter 3. Fighting the War. Chapter 4. Ending the War: Revolutions and Peacemaking. Chapter 5. Revision and Recovery, 1919-1929. Chapter 6. The High Noon of the Dictators. Chapter 7. The Return to War. Chapter 8. Europe Eclipsed. Chapter 9. Europe: An Honourable Legacy?