The Inter-War Crisis is a concise yet analytical overview of the rapidly-changing world between 1918 and 1939, covering the political, economic and social instability that resulted from the First World War and the eventual descent towards the fresh upheaval of the Second World War.
Revised throughout and containing a new range of illustrations, this third edition covers topics such as the Russian Revolution, the Wall Street Crash of 1929, the concepts of the `end of civilization` and the decline of the West, cultural and scientific responses to an age of anxiety and fear, and the ways in which dictatorship came to replace democracy across so much of Europe. Global in focus, it offers thematic discussions, close analysis of a range of case studies and a clear over-arching narrative structure that guides the reader from the close of one war to the beginning of the next.
Also including a selection of over thirty primary source documents, maps, a chronology of events, a glossary of key terms, a Who's Who of important figures and an extensive and updated guide to further reading, this book is an essential introduction for students of the inter-war period.
Richard Overy is Professor of History at the University of Exeter. He has authored and edited more than 30 books on the European dictators, the Second World War and the history of air power, including Origins of the Second World War (2016, fourth edition), The Air War 1939-1945 (2006, second edition), Why the Allies Won (2006, second edition), The Dictators: Hitler's Germany and Stalin's Russia (2004), which won both the Wolfson and the Hessell Tiltman Prizes for History in 2005, and 1939: Countdown to War (2009). His book The Bombing War: Europe 1939-1945 (2013) won a Cundill Award for historical literature.
List of figures List of tables Maps Chronology Who's Who PART ONE: THE BACKGROUND 1. WHAT KIND OF CRISIS? PART TWO: ANALYSIS 2. REVOLUTION AND COUNTER-REVOLUTION The Russian Revolution Exporting the Revolution The Failure of Revolution 3. A CRISIS OF MODERNIZATION The Challenge of Modernity The Conservative Revolt 4. THE `END OF CIVILIZATION' Decline of the West Science and Civilization Women, Sex and Moral Decline Psychoanalysis and the Modern Malaise War and Civilization 5. THE `GREAT CRASH': CAPITALISM IN CRISIS The Causes of the Crash The Effects of the Recession The Search for Recovery The End of Capitalism? 6. DEMOCRACY AND DICTATORSHIP The Decline of Democracy The Appeal of Dictatorship The `New Order' in Politics 7. THE INTERNATIONAL CRISIS The Unsettled Peace The World Crisis The Slide to War PART THREE: ASSESSMENT 8. THE CHALLENGE OF PROGRESS PART FOUR: DOCUMENTS BIBLIOGRAPHY Contemporary Sources, Memoirs Revolution and Counter-Revolution Modernization and Crisis A Crisis of Civilization The Inter-War Economy Democracy and Dictatorship The International Crisis General Books Glossary References Index