Out of Ashes

Out of Ashes

A New History of Europe in the Twentieth Century

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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. 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2015]
ISBN: 9780691152790
0691152799
Characteristics: ix, 867 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm

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Dec 28, 2015

Perhaps a more appropriate title for this book would be "Arisen from Ruins" - the anthem of the defunct East Germany. How a continent could have ripped itself apart twice in the same century, and have allowed the worst atrocities to have ever occurred, is pitiful to say the least. How they managed to pull off one of the biggest miracles of the ages and maintain seventy years of peace and prosperity is nothing short of remarkable. This book is a breezy 800 page summary of how it all happened - and the challenges the EU faces going forward in maintaining the peace and wealth people in Europe have become accustomed to.,

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