Mastering Modern World History by Norman Lowe

By Norman Lowe

The 5th variation of this bestselling publication is for college and faculty scholars taking classes in sleek international heritage and for undergraduates in heritage and diplomacy. it's a whole, self-contained, vigorous and hugely readable path, compatible for person learn or lecture room use. the overall reader who needs to determine how the area bought into its current kingdom also will locate the booklet useful.

Key good points of the 5th edition:
• a brand new bankruptcy on Latin the United States and its altering dating with the USA
• New sections at the Arab Spring, the 2008 monetary crash and its aftermath, and the eu Union in crisis
• New fabric at the altering face of communism in China; united states: Bush to Obama; Russia less than Putin and Medvedev; the continued clash among Palestinians and Israelis and the 'war opposed to terrorism'

Content includes:
• A survey of diplomacy and battle from 1900 to 2012
• Europe and its historical past - the increase and fall of fascism and communism
• foreign affairs of the main superpowers - united states, Russia/USSR and China
• overseas clash -The Holocaust, 11th of September and the autumn of Saddam Hussein
• Decolonization and next occasions in Africa, and the increase of political Islam
• international difficulties - weather switch, financial crises, the inhabitants 'explosion'
• point out of disagreements and controversies between historians, in addition to new interpretations and discoveries

Norman Lowe has had a long time' adventure of educating heritage in any respect degrees, and for 25 years was once Head of historical past at Nelson and Colne collage in Lancashire. he's the writer of studying smooth British heritage and getting to know 20th Century Russian heritage.

Fully up to date spouse web site with examples of record questions for every chapter: www.palgrave.com/masterseries/Lowe.

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Shortly before the outbreak of war, one of the Tsar's ministers, Durnovo, warned that a long war would put a severe strain on the country and could lead to the collapse of the tsarist regime. Perhaps the blame lies more with the Austrians: although they must have hoped for Russian neutral­ ity, they ought to have realized how difficult it would be for Russia to stay neutral in the circumstances. (f) German backing for Austria was crucially important It is significant that Germany restrained the Austrians from declaring war on Serbia in 1913, but in 1914 encouraged them to go ahead.

5 (a) 1917 In the west On the western front, 1917 was a year of Allied failure. A massive French attack in Champagne, under Nivelle, achieved nothing except mutiny in the French army, which was successfu11y sorted out by Petain. From June to November the British fought the Third Battle of Ypres, usually remembered as Passchendaele, in appallingly muddy conditions; British casualties were again enormous - 324 000 compared with 200 000 Germans - for an advance of only four miles. More significant was the Battle of Cambrai, which demon­ strated that tanks, used properly, might break the deadlock of trench warfare.

THE WORLD IN 1914 15 • • Politicians in Russia and Germany miscalculated by assuming that mobilization would not necessarily mean war. If Ritter and Taylor are correct, this means that the generals, especially Moltke, miscalculated by sticking rigidly to their plans in the belief that this would bring a quick and decisive victory. ' Nevertheless, probably a majority of historians, including many Germans, accept Fritz Fischer's theory as the most convincing one: that the outbreak of war was deliberately provoked by Germany's leaders.

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