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Title The global age : Europe, 1950-2017 / Ian Kershaw.
Author Kershaw, Ian, author.
Publication New York : Viking, [2018]
Description xxx, 669 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), maps ; 24 cm.
Call # 940.55 K
Series The Penguin history of Europe ; 9
Penguin history of Europe ; 9.
Note "First published in Great Britain as Roller-Coaster: Europe, 1950-2017 by Allen Lane, an imprint of Penguin Random House UK."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary "The final chapter in the Penguin History of Europe series from the acclaimed scholar and author of To Hell and Back After the overwhelming horrors of the first half of the twentieth century, described by Ian Kershaw in his previous book as being 'to Hell and back,' the years from 1950 to 2017 brought peace and relative prosperity to most of Europe. Enormous economic improvements transformed the continent. The catastrophic era of the world wars receded into an ever more distant past, though its long shadow continued to shape mentalities. Yet Europe was now a divided continent, living under the nuclear threat in a period intermittently fraught with anxiety. There were, by most definitions, striking successes: the Soviet bloc melted away, dictatorships vanished, and Germany was successfully reunited. But accelerating globalization brought new fragilities. The interlocking crises after 2008 were the clearest warnings to Europeans that there was no guarantee of peace and stability, and, even today, the continent threatens further fracturing"-- Provided by publisher.
Contents The tense divide -- The making of Western Europe -- The clamp -- Good times -- Culture after the catastrophe -- Challenges -- The turn -- Easterly wind of change -- Power of the people -- New beginnings -- Global exposure -- Crisis years.
Subject Cold War.
Europe -- History -- 20th century.
Europe -- History -- 21st century.
HISTORY / Modern / 20th Century.
Europe. (OCoLC)fst01245064
Since 1945
Genre History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Addl. Title Roller-coaster
Related To Online version: Kershaw, Ian, The global age New York : Viking, 2020. 9780735223998 (DLC) 2019023177
ISBN 9780735223981 (hardcover)

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