This engaging and humanizing text traces the development of Europe since the mid-eighteenth century through the lives of people of the time. Capturing key moments, themes, and events in the continent's turbulent modern past, the book explores how ordinary Europeans both shaped their societies and were affected by larger historical processes. By focusing on the lives of individual actors, both famous and obscure, students can gain a sense for how the well-known revolutions, wars, and social transformations of the modern era were experienced in private homes, work places, political forums, and on battlefields throughout the region.
Cora Granata is associate professor of history at California State University, Fullerton. Cheryl A. Koos is associate professor of history at California State University, Los Angeles.
Introduction Chapter 1: The French Revolution: Defining the Nation: The Abbe Gregoire and the Problem of Diversity in the French Revolution Chapter 2: The Age of Reaction and Revolutions in the Early Nineteenth Century: Arnold Ruge: Radicalism in a Reactionary Society Chapter 3: Industrialization and the Rise of Marxism: The World of Textile Work: French Industrial Workers and the Labor Movement Chapter 4: Victorian Culture and Travel Writing: Alison Cunningham: Victorian Leisure Travel, Religious Identity, and the Grand Tour Journal of a Domestic Servant Chapter 5: New Imperialism: Strategies of Inclusion: Lajpat Rai and the Critique of British Raj Chapter 6: Fin de Siecle Culture and the New Woman: Colette: The New Woman Takes the Stage in Belle Epoque France Chapter 7: World War I and Literary Responses: "All Quiet" on the Don and the Western Front: Mikhail Sholokhov and Erich Maria Remarque Respond to World War I Chapter 8: Russian Revolution and the Soviet Union: "Ask the Doctor!:" Peasants and Medical-Sexual Advice in Riazon Province, 1925-1928 Chapter 9: Italian Fascism: In the Name of an Italian Widow: Nationalism, Patriotism, and Gender in Mussolini's Fascist Italy Chapter 10: Nazism and the Holocaust: The Herbert Baum Groups: Networks of Jewish, Leftist, and Youth Resistance in the Third Reich Chapter 11: Decolonization and Postcolonial Memory: Imperialists without an Empire: Cercles Coloniaux and Colonial Culture in Belgium after 1960 Chapter 12: Americanization and Postwar Modernization: Adriano Olivetti: Agent of the Italian-American Exchange in the Postwar Years Chapter 13: 1968 Youth Revolts: Ab-Normalization: The Plastic People of the Universe and the Soviet Invasion of Czechoslovakia Chapter 14: 1989 and the Collapse of the Soviet Bloc: Why Not All Germans Celebrated the Fall of the Berlin Wall: East German Jews and the Collapse of Communism