the struggle for europe the turbulent history of a divided continent 1945 to the present

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The Struggle For Europe

Author : William I. Hitchcock
ISBN : 0307491404
Genre : History
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From the ashes of World War II to the conflict over Iraq, William Hitchcock examines the miraculous transformation of Europe from a deeply fractured land to a continent striving for stability, tolerance, democracy, and prosperity. Exploring the role of Cold War politics in Europe’s peace settlement and the half century that followed, Hitchcock reveals how leaders such as Charles de Gaulle, Willy Brandt, and Margaret Thatcher balanced their nations’ interests against the demands of the reigning superpowers, leading to great strides in economic and political unity. He re-creates Europeans’ struggles with their troubling legacy of racial, ethnic, and national antagonism, and shows that while divisions persist, Europe stands on the threshold of changes that may profoundly shape the future of world affairs.

When The World Seemed New

Author : Jeffrey A. Engel
ISBN : 9780544931848
Genre : History
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The collapse of the Soviet Union was the greatest shock to international affairs since World War II. In that perilous moment, Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait and regimes throughout Eastern Europe and Asia teetered between democratic change and new authoritarian rule. President Bush faced a world in turmoil that might easily have tipped into an epic crisis. As presidential historian Jeffrey Engel reveals in this page-turning history, Bush rose to the occasion brilliantly. Using handwritten letters and direct conversations—some revealed here for the first time—with heads of state throughout Asia and Europe, Bush knew when to push, when to cajole, and when to be patient. Based on previously classified documents, and interviews with all the principals, When the World Seemed New is a riveting, fly-on-the-wall account of a president with his calm hand on the tiller, guiding the nation from a moment of great peril to the pinnacle of global power. “An absorbing book.” — Wall Street Journal “Engel’s excellent history forms a standing—if unspoken—rebuke to the retrograde nationalism espoused by Donald J. Trump.” — New York Times Book Review

France Restored

Author : William I. Hitchcock
ISBN : 080784747X
Genre : History
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Historians of the Cold War, argues William Hitchcock, have too often overlooked the part that European nations played in shaping the post-World War II international system. In particular, France, a country beset by economic difficulties and political inst

The Marshall Plan

Author : Michael Holm
ISBN : 9781317426059
Genre : History
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Between 1948 and 1951, the Marshall Plan delivered an unprecedented $12.3 billion in U.S. aid to help Western European countries recover from the destruction of the Second World War, and forestall Communist influence in that region. The Marshall Plan: A New Deal for Europe examines the aid program, its ideological origins and explores how ideas about an Americanized world order inspired and influenced the Marshall Plan’s creation and execution. The book provides a much-needed re-examination of the Plan, enabling students to understand its immediate impact and its political, social, and cultural legacy. Including essential primary documents, this concise book will be a key resource for students of America’s role in the world at mid-century.

European History Demystified

Author : Stephanie Muntone
ISBN : 9780071754224
Genre : Business & Economics
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Don't let European history be your Waterloo! European History DeMYSTiFieD gives you the opportunity to learn this subject at your own pace. Master topics such as important dates; the colonization of Asia, Africa, and the New World; World War I and World War II; as well as fun and interesting facts. The book helps you truly comprehend this challenging subject a without overwhelming you with complexities or mystifying jargon. European History DeMYSTiFieD features: Chapter-opening objectives that give you insight into what you’re going to learn in each step Questions at the end of every chapter reinforce learning and pinpoint weaknesses “Still Struggling?” icon offers specific recommendations for when you're having difficulty with certain subtopics Includes a final exam for overall self-assessment “Curriculum Tree” shows how the topic covered in the book fits into a larger curriculum

The Bitter Road To Freedom

Author : William I. Hitchcock
ISBN : 9780743273817
Genre : History
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A revisionist account of the liberation of Europe in World War II from the perspectives of Europeans offers insight into the more complicated aspects of the occupation, the cultural differences between Europeans and Americans, and their perspectives on the moral implications of military action. 75,000 first printing.


Author : William I. Hitchcock
ISBN : 0571227724
Genre : World War, 1939-1945
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The traditional image of Europe in 1945 is of grateful civilians showering soldiers with flowers and dancing in the streets. In reality, liberation was an extraordinarily violent and chaotic process. Using first-hand accounts, Hitchcock describes the catastrophic effects of invasion on Northern France, Belgium and Holland, the huge civilian death tolls from indiscriminate bombing, with towns destroyed and crops burnt. He shows that the motives and behaviour of the Allied forces were far from noble; they frequently abused power and authority, looted homes and sexually assaulted women. Hitchcock also writes about the discovery of the major concentration camps, and the often shocking lack of empathy shown by its liberators. Lucid and compelling, Liberation explores the paradoxes of 'the good war', its glories and its horrific human costs. -- Publisher details.

Shaper Nations

Author : William I. Hitchcock
ISBN : 9780674660212
Genre : History
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Shaper Nations provides perspectives on the national strategies of eight countries that are shaping global politics in the twenty-first century. The volume’s authors offer a unique viewpoint: they live and work primarily in the country about which they write, bringing an insider’s feel for national debates and politics.

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