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. In section one, the map of Europe emerges in its modern visage as unrestrained nationalist fervor gives rise to an assemblage of new nation-states. In section two, the continent attains global hegemony as massive industrialization fuels a mad scramble for colonial markets and raw materials. In section three, a cauldron of national, ethnic and class hatreds spawn the rise of totalitarianism and the overthrow of European hegemony in two calamitous world wars. By tracing the events and undercurrents of this vital period in European history, this book offers trenchant insights for the lay reader and the student of history alike.

About the Author(s)

Jack L. Schwartzwald is a clinical assistant professor of medicine at Brown University’s Warren Alpert School of Medicine.

Bibliographic Details

Jack L. Schwartzwald
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 100 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2022
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8340-9
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4685-5
Imprint: McFarland

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