The First World War is considered by many historians to be the watershed of European history in the 20th Century. The destruction and millions of deaths that the First World War caused, the changes in borders, impact of the Russian Revolution and problems millions of ex-soldiers had with adapting to civilian life were at the heart of the violence and confrontational culture which became endemic in many societies during that turbulent period. This book examines these factors in detail: the Russian revolution and the rise of fascism, democratic decline and authoritarian advances, the culture of confrontation and the consequences all these factors had for Europe.
“There are few historians – Spanish or European – who are able to capture the immense complexity of the period and to do so in an accessible way. Julian Casanova, who has already written a series of books which have combined profound analysis with an attractive, lively style, is one of them. This magnifi cent book resounds with wisdom and literary excellence. It is an achievement of which any international historian would be very proud.” PAUL PRESTON
“Julián Casanova has written a brilliant political and ideological synthesis of the processes which caused the European crisis of the 20th Century as well as its repercussions for smaller countries... This is highly recommended reading”. ÁNGEL VIÑAS