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Political Violence in Twentieth-Century Europe


Donald Bloxham, Robert Gerwarth, Martin Conway, A. Dirk Moses, Klaus Weinhauer, Heinz-Gerhard Haupt
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  • Date Published: March 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521182041

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  • This is a comprehensive history of political violence during Europe's incredibly violent twentieth century. Leading scholars examine the causes and dynamics of war, revolution, counterrevolution, genocide, ethnic cleansing, terrorism and state repression. They locate these manifestations of political violence within their full transnational and comparative contexts and within broader trends in European history from the beginning of the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire in the late nineteenth-century, through the two world wars, to the Yugoslav Wars and the rise of fundamentalist terrorism. The book spans a 'greater Europe' stretching from Ireland and Iberia to the Baltic, the Caucasus, Turkey and the southern shores of the Mediterranean. It sheds new light on the extent to which political violence in twentieth-century Europe was inseparable from the generation of new forms of state power and their projection into other societies, be they distant territories of imperial conquest or ones much closer to home.

    • Leading scholars examine a broad spectrum of political violence from world wars and genocide to terrorism and revolution
    • Ranges across the whole of Europe and the Ottoman Empire and sets episodes of violence in regional and colonial contexts
    • Makes the case for a coherent 'long twentieth century' of political violence beginning in the 1870s
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    'This book is notable for the seamless explanatory linkages it establishes between the many horrific episodes of political violence that characterized the European twentieth century. With impeccable scholarship and deft writing, the authors explore the causes and consequences of war, civil war, terrorism, colonial violence, genocide and ethnic cleansing in a broad geographical setting stretching from the Ottoman Empire and the Caucasus, to Spain and Ireland.' Norman M. Naimark, Stanford University

    'So much has been written about the European cataclysm between 1914 and 1945 that essential questions about the origins, evolution and ongoing nature of state (and sometimes anti-state violence) on the twentieth-century continent have often been lost to view. By means of a broader chronology, wider geographical remit and system-centred approach, the team of leading historians who have come together to produce this volume, offer not simply a cogent, incisive and thought-provoking reassessment but actually a new paradigm for the study of modern European violence in a global context.' Mark Levene, University of Southampton

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521182041
    • length: 270 pages
    • dimensions: 226 x 150 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.37kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Donald Bloxham and Robert Gerwarth
    1. Europe in the world Donald Bloxham, Martin Conway, Robert Gerwarth, A. Dirk Moses and Klaus Weinhauer
    2. War James McMillan
    3. Genocide and ethnic cleansing Donald Bloxham and A. Dirk Moses
    4. Revolution and counterrevolution Martin Conway and Robert Gerwarth
    5. Terrorism and the state Heinz-Gerhard Haupt and Klaus Weinhauer.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Topics in Political Science: Violence
  • Editors

    Donald Bloxham, University of Edinburgh
    Donald Bloxham is Professor of Modern History at Edinburgh University. He is author of Genocide on Trial (2001), The Great Game of Genocide (2005) and The Final Solution: A Genocide (2009) and is co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Genocide Studies (2010).

    Robert Gerwarth, University College Dublin
    Robert Gerwarth is Professor of Modern History and Director of the Centre for War Studies at University College Dublin. He is the author of The Bismarck Myth (2005), winner of the Fraenkel Prize in Contemporary History.


    Donald Bloxham, Robert Gerwarth, Martin Conway, A. Dirk Moses, Klaus Weinhauer, Heinz-Gerhard Haupt

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