Europe, 1914-1949

592pp ILLUS MAPS 2015 LIST PRICE: £30.00 HB69



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In the summer of 1914 most of Europe plunged into a war so catastrophic that it unhinged the continent’s politics and beliefs in a way that took generations to recover from. The disaster terrified its survivors, shocked that a civilisation that had blandly assumed itself to be a model for the rest of the world had collapsed into a chaotic savagery beyond comparison. In 1939 Europeans would initiate a second conflict that managed to be even worse -- a war in which the killing of civilians was central and which culminated in the Holocaust. Kershaw tells this story with humanity and originality. He gives a compelling narrative of events, but also wrestles with the most difficult issues: with what it meant for the Europeans who initiated and lived through such fearful times -- and what this means for us.

Superb . . . likely to become a classic. OBSERVER