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Out of Ashes : A New History of Europe in the Twentieth Century
by Konrad H. Jarausch


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A sweeping history of twentieth-century Europe, Out of Ashes tells the story of an era of unparalleled violence and barbarity yet also of humanity, prosperity, and promise.

Konrad Jarausch describes how the European nations emerged from the nineteenth century with high hopes for continued material progress and proud of their imperial command over the globe, only to become embroiled in the bloodshed of World War I, which brought an end to their optimism and gave rise to competing democratic, communist, and fascist ideologies.  Read more...


 
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Overview

A sweeping history of twentieth-century Europe, Out of Ashes tells the story of an era of unparalleled violence and barbarity yet also of humanity, prosperity, and promise.

Konrad Jarausch describes how the European nations emerged from the nineteenth century with high hopes for continued material progress and proud of their imperial command over the globe, only to become embroiled in the bloodshed of World War I, which brought an end to their optimism and gave rise to competing democratic, communist, and fascist ideologies. He shows how the 1920s witnessed renewed hope and a flourishing of modernist art and literature, but how the decade ended in economic collapse and gave rise to a second, more devastating world war and genocide on an unprecedented scale. Jarausch further explores how Western Europe surprisingly recovered due to American help and political integration. Finally, he examines how the Cold War pushed the divided continent to the brink of nuclear annihilation, and how the unforeseen triumph of liberal capitalism came to be threatened by Islamic fundamentalism, global economic crisis, and an uncertain future.

A stunning achievement, Out of Ashes explores the paradox of the European encounter with modernity in the twentieth century, shedding new light on why it led to cataclysm, inhumanity, and self-destruction, but also social justice, democracy, and peace.


 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780691152790
  • ISBN-10: 0691152799
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publish Date: May 2015
  • Page Count: 880
  • Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.1 x 2.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds


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Books > History > Europe - General
Books > History > Modern - 20th Century

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-04-06
  • Reviewer: Staff

Jarausch (After Hitler), a historian at the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill, examines 20th-century Europe through three distinct kinds of ideological and cultural modernities—democratic, communist, and fascist—that struggled for mastery until the democratic and democratic-socialist versions won out. There’s little Jarausch doesn’t cover in steady, stately prose. He never loses sight of the alternative, contingent courses Europe could have taken at each juncture. Art, music, and literature fill the pages alongside politics, diplomacy, and war. Central and Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union get their full due. While the major figures of Europe don’t come as thoroughly alive as they might, Jarausch compensates by brilliantly linking the century’s historical developments together and showing how reactions against modernity always made themselves felt along the way, often with disastrous results. While fitting everything into the mold of modernity (and, toward the end, postmodernism) can become reductionist, this organizing motif and Jarausch’s authoritativeness carry the day. The work isn’t designed to be encyclopedic, yet it should be on the shelf of everyone seeking a panoramic, narrative guide to history’s most violent century. This comprehensive history of 20th-century Europe is bound to become the standard work on its subject: a bold, major achievement. (June)

 
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