books OF THE YEAR AND EDITOR S CHOICE In The Summer Of Most Of Europe Plunged Into A War So Catastrophic That It Unhinged The Continent S Politics And Beliefs In A Way That Took Generations To Recover From The Disaster Terrified Its Survivors, Shocked That A Civilization That Had Blandly Assumed Itself To Be A Model For The Rest Of The World Had Collapsed Into A Chaotic Savagery Beyond Any Comparison In Europeans Would Initiate Download Epub Format ò To Hell and Back: Europe, 1914-1949 (Penguin History of Europe 8) PDF by ò Ian Kershaw A Second Conflict That Managed To Be Even Worse A War In Which The Killing Of Civilians Was Central And Which Culminated In The Holocaust To Hell And Back Tells This Story With Humanity, Flair And originality Kershaw Gives A Compelling Narrative Of Events, But He Also Wrestles With The Most Difficult Issues That The Events Raise With What It Meant For The Europeans Who Initiated And Lived Through Such Fearful Times And What This Means For Us To someone wishing to have an introduction to twentieth century European history, 550 pages may seem off putting However, my advice would be to persevere Although the subject matter is hard, Ian Kershaw s language is extremely accessible and he draws you into what is, essentially, the ultimate thriller. In these 550 pages you basically have everything you need to know about the first half of Europe s twentieth century i. e both world wars, the lead up to both world wars, and the turbulent years in between If you want to know how Mussolini came to power, it is here If you want to know how Hitler came to power, it is here If, like me, you are interested in what was happening in countries like Slovakia and Hungary in 1918 1920, again, it is here. I had expected thi
A very timely reminder of what can happen, and did happen, when Europe gives up trying to cooperate and descends into chaos We are very lucky to be alive today and not in the first half of the 20th century like our grand and great grand parents Ian Kershaw s great skill is in describing a Europe which is not so different from the one we know today despite the technological developments of the past 70 years The two World Wars are not so long ago, and far too recent to be forgotten now. You might think, in view of the period covered, that this book would be full of military campaigns and generals In fact, the generals get hardly a mention and the military aspects only enough coverage to allow for understanding who were winners and losers the book concentrates on the socio political history and attempts to show political cause and consequence Thus Kershaw explains not only the horror of Stalin s persecutions and deportations, but also his twisted logic Same with Hitler not just what he did but why In no way does he defend their actions, but he shows what was going on in their paranoid minds He shows how the political failures and naivety of the western powers allowed Hitler to get ahead of the game and also how his backers in Germany only realised afterward
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