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Author Lowe, Norman.

Title Mastering modern world history / Norman Lowe
Edition Third edition
Published Basingstoke ; New York : Palgrave, 1997


Location Call no. Vol. Availability
 W'PONDS  909.82 Low/Mwh  AVAILABLE
 MELB  909.82 Low/Mwh 1997  AVAILABLE
Description xxi, 522 pages : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 24 cm
Series Macmillan master series
Macmillan master series.
Contents War and international relations. The world in 1914: outbreak of the First World War. Prologue. The world in 1914. Events leading up to the outbreak of the world. What caused the war, and who was to blame? The First World War and its aftermath. Summary of events. 1914. 1915. 1916. The war at sea. 1917. The Central Powers defeated. The problems of making a peace settlement. The Treaty of Versailles with Germany. The peace treaties with Austria-Hungary. The settlement with Turkey and Bulgaria. Verdict on the peace settlement. The League of Nations. What were the origins of the League? How was the League organized? The successes of the League. Why did the League fail to preserve peace? International relations 1919 - 33. What attempts were made to improve international relations, and how successful were they? How did France try to deal with the problem of Germany between 1919 and 1933? How did relations between the USSR and Britain, Germany and France develop between 1919 and 1933? United States foreign policy 1919 - 33. International relations 1933 - 9. Relations between Japan and China. Mussolini's foreign policy. What were Hitler's aims in foreign policy, and how successful had he been by the end of 1938? Appeasement. Munich to the outbreak of war: September 1938 to September 1939. Why did war break out? Who or what was to blame? The Second World War 1939 - 45. Opening moves: September 1939 to December 1940. The Axis offensive widens: 1941 to the summer of 1942. The offensives held in check: summer 1942 to summer 1943. What part was played by Allied naval forces? What contribution did air power make to the defeat of the Axis? The Axis powers defeated: July 1943 to August 1945. Why did the Axis powers lose the war? What were the effects of the war? The Cold War: problems of international relations after the Second World War. What caused the Cold War? How did the Cold War develop between 1945 and 1953? To what extent was there a thaw after 1953? The nuclear arms race and the Cuban missile crisis (1962). The spread of communism outside Europe and its effect on international relations. War in Korea and its effects on international relations. Cuba. The wars in Vietnam, 1946 - 54 and 1961 - 75. Chile under Salvador Allende 1970 - 3. Detente: international relations from the 1970's to the 1990's. The collapse of communism in eastern Europe: international relations transformed. The United Nations Organization. The structure of the United Nations Organization. How different is the United Nations from the League of Nations? How successful has the UN been as a peace-keeping organization? What other work is the UN responsible for? Verdict on the United Nations Organization. What about the future of the UN? The Two Europes, East and West, since 1945. The states of Western Europe. The growth of unity in Western Europe. The early days of the European Community. Why did the British refuse to join and change their minds later? The European Community since Britain's entry. Communist Unity in Eastern Europe. Why and how did communism collapse in Eastern Europe? Civil War in Yugoslavia. Conflict in the Middle East. Arab unity and interference from the outside world. The creation of Israel and the Arab-Israeli war 1948 - 9. The Suez War of 1956. The Six-Day War of 1967. The Yom Kippur War of 1973. Camp David and the Egyptian-Israeli peace, 1978 - 9. Peace between Israel and the PLO. Conflict in the Lebanon. The Iran-Iraq War, 1980 - 8. The Gulf War, 1990 - 1. The rise of fascism and governments of the right. Italy 1918 - 45: the first appearance of Fascism. Why was Musssolini able to come to power? What did the term "fascism" stand for? Mussolini introduces the fascist state. What benefits did fascism bring for the Italians? Opposition and downfall. Germany 1918 - 45: the Weimar Republic and Hitler. Why did the Weimar Republic collapse? What did National Socialism stand for? Hitler consolidates his power. How was Hitler able to stay in power? Nazism and Fascism. How successful was Hitler in domestic affairs up to 1939? Japan and Spain. Japan between the wars. Japan recovers. Spain. Communism - rise and decline. Russia and the revolutions, 1900 - 24. After 1905: were the 1917 revolutions inevitable? The two revolutions: March and November 1917. How successfully did the Bolsheviks deal with their problems? Communist rule in the USSR, 1924 - 91. How did Stalin manage to get to supreme power? How successful was Stalin in solving Russia's economic problems? Political and social problems and Stalin's solutions. Was the Stalin approach necessary? The Khrushchev era - 1953 - 64. The USSR stagnates. Gorbachev and the end of communist rule. China 1900 - 49. Revolution and the warlord era. The Kuomintang, Dr Sun Yat-sen and Chiang Kai-shek. Mao Zedong and the communists. The communist victory, 1949. China since 1949: the communists in control. How successful was mao Zedong in dealing with China's problems? Life after Mao. Tiananmen Square, 1989, and the crisis of communism. The United States of America. The USA war before the Second World War. The American system of government. Into the melting-pot: the era of immigration. The USA becomes economic leader of the world. The Great Depression arrives, October 1929. Roosevelt and the New Deal. The USA since 1945. Poverty and social policies. Racial problems and civil rights. Anti-communism and McCarthy. Nixon and Watergate. The USA since 1977. Decolonization and after. The end of the European empires. Why did the European powers give up their Empires? Indian independence and partition. The West Indies, Malaya and Cyprus. The British leave Africa. The end of the French Empire. Holland, Belgium, Spain, Portugal and Italy. Verdict on colonization. Problems in Africa. Problems common to the African states. Ghana. Nigeria. Tanzania. The Congo/ Zaire. Angola. Burundi and Rwanda. South Africa. Global problems. The changing world economy since 1900. Changes in the world economy in the twentieth century. The Third World and the North-South divide. The split in the Third World economy. The world economy and its effects on the environment. The world's population. The increasing world population since 1900. Consequences of the population explosion. Attempts at population control. Figures, cartoons, maps, tables, illustrations included
Notes Includes index
Bibliography Bibliography: pages 509-513
Subject History, Modern -- 20th century.
ISBN 0333685237
0333693434 (series)
Other Titles Modern world history