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Inter-War Crisis 1919-1939 Paperback – 30 August 2007
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- Publisher : Longman; 2 edition (30 August 2007)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 176 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1405824689
- ISBN-13 : 978-1405824682
- Dimensions : 15.65 x 1.14 x 23.29 cm
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From the Back Cover
When the world around you is crumbling and the end of civilization seems near, where do you turn? At the end of the First World War this was the crisis facing millions in the Western world.
In this second edition of his Seminar Studies volume, Richard Overy presents the history of a civilization scrambling to save itself from looming disaster which seemed as brutal and tragic as it was unavoidable.
By 1918 an entire generation across Europe felt themselves poised at a
crossroads: a choice between chaos and decline on the one hand or a whole new world political and economic order on the other. In this atmosphere of fear and uncertainty, entire populations strove to choose order over chaos by turning to the political extremes of fascism and communism. When explanation was required, blame was laid at the doors of enfeebled democracy, or communist subversion or Jewish plots.
Despite the yearning for peace, war appeared inescapable - not simply a reaction to Hitler's rise to power, war was also seen by some as a welcome way out of a bankrupt and crisis-ridden age, a violent ending that would clear the stale air of the inter-war world.
Areas covered include:
- A new chapter exploring the intellectual, scientific and cultural response to an age of anxiety and fear
- The Russian Revolution and the Great Crash of 1929
- How dictatorship came to replace democracy
- The irresistible slide toward a second world war
Richard Overy is Professor of History at the University of Exeter. He has authored 17 books on the Third Reich, the Second World War and air warfare these include:The Air War 1939-1945 (2nd ed, 2006), Why the Allies Won (2nd ed, 2006) andThe Dictators: Hitlers Germany and Stalins Russia (2004) which won both the Wolfson and the Hessell Tiltman Prizes for History in 2005.
About the Author
Richard Overy is Professor in History at University of Exeter (previously Professor of Modern European History at Kings College, London). He has written widely on history of the Third Reich, the Second World War and the Soviet Union, including a number of critically acclaimed books such as Russias War (1999), the best-seller The Battle (2000), and Interrogations: The Nazi Elite in Allied Hands (2002).
He was awarded the Samuel Eliot Morison Prize by the Society for Military History for a lifetimes contribution to military history. He is also a regular contributor to radio and television.
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The book not only covers the above, which is pretty much standard fare for books on the topic, but also covers other factors that typically do not go discussed in books of much greater depth on the period. Examples include the rising degrees of urbanization and secularization and their impacts on the "anchors" of society as well as the impact of increasing mechanization in production and its impacts on artisans and the work force in general. These factors, in Overy's view, also contributed to the weakening of the established order in the inter-war period. In Overy's opinion, an growing economy may have mitigated against these (they were already well on their way even before the First World War) but the economic collapse of the period insured that they played a role in the collapse of the established order in Germany, Italy and Japan as well as having a serious detrimental impact on societies and political institutions in Britain, France and the U.S. The appendix of the book also has excepts from about three dozen documents and speeches that exemplify well many of the book's points (i.e., speeches from Hitler and Stalin, etc.).
All and all and excellent primer to the period, especially considering the book's 102 page length.