Europe on the Path to Self-Destruction
Nationalism and the Struggle for Hegemony, 1815–1945
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About the Book
Between the years 1815 and 1945, Europe achieved unrivaled global dominance, only to see it shattered by two world wars. This frenetic rise and fall was attended by immense societal change. In 1815, Europe remained largely agricultural and dependent upon horsepower. By 1945, the power of the atom had been unleashed. Two industrial revolutions occurred in the interim—the first founded upon coal, iron and steam, the second upon oil, steel, electricity and internal combustion. The implications for humanity were profound.
This concise yet comprehensive study is divided into three sections. The first documents the rise of the modern nation-state, the second chronicles the expansion of empire and the rush towards imperialism, while the third section details the cataclysmic world wars that destabilized the continent and bent nations towards totalitarianism. By tracing the events and undercurrents that shaped a vital period in European history, this work offers trenchant insights for the lay reader and the student of history alike.
About the Author(s)
Jack L. Schwartzwald
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 100 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2022
Book Reviews & Awards
“A sweeping history of the conflicts and rivalries for dominance in Europe after the defeat of Napoleon in 1815. Schwartzwald writes with verve and clarity chronicling the birth of European nations and the endless conflicts between them until the cataclysm of two devastating world wars.”—Gavin Weightman, author of The Industrial Revolutionaries: Makers of the Modern World