Modern history

Mastering Modern World History

Mastering Modern World History

Book is for school and college students taking courses in Modern World History and for undergraduates in History and International Relations. It is a complete, self-contained, lively and highly readable course, suitable for individual study or classroom use. The general reader who wishes to find out how the world got into its present state will also find the book useful.

Part I. War and International Relations

Chapter 1. The world in 1914: outbreak of the First World War

Chapter 2. The First World War and its aftermath

Chapter 3. The League of Nations

Chapter 4. International relations, 1919–33

Chapter 5. International relations, 1933–9

Chapter 6. The Second World War, 1939–45

Chapter 7. The Cold War: problems of international relations after the Second World War

Chapter 8. The spread of communism outside Europe and its effects on international relations

Chapter 9. The United Nations Organization

Chapter 10. The two Europes, East and West since 1945

Chapter 11. Conflict in the Middle East

Chapter 12. The new world order and the war against global terrorism

Part II. The Rise of Fascism and Governments of the Right

Chapter 13. Italy, 1918–45: the first appearance of fascism

Chapter 14. Germany, 1918–45: the Weimar Republic and Hitler

Chapter 15. Japan and Spain

Part III. Communism – Rise and Decline

Chapter 16. Russia and the revolutions, 1900–24

Chapter 17. The USSR and Stalin, 1924–53

Chapter 18. Continuing communism, collapse and aftermath, 1953 to the present

Chapter 19. China, 1900–49

Chapter 20. China since 1949: the communists in control

Chapter 21. Communism in Korea and south-east Asia

Part IV. The United States of America

Chapter 22. The USA before the Second World War

Chapter 23. The USA since 1945

Part V. Decolonization and After

Chapter 24. The end of the European empires

Chapter 25. Problems in Africa

Chapter 26. Latin America

Part VI. Global Problems

Chapter 27. The changing world economy since 1900

Chapter 28. The world’s population

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