Twentieth-Century World

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The best-selling Twentieth-Century World text covers recent world history by focusing on themes of global interrelatedness, identity and difference, the rise of mass society, and technology versus nature.

The text presents balanced coverage of political, economic, social, scientific, artistic, and military history, allowing for a fully rounded understanding of the contemporary world. A comparative timeline examines major historical events from around the globe.

  • The discussion of the late 20th century highlights political reforms, technological advances, and the changing economy.
  • This edition features a stronger focus on non-Western nations.

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Carter V. Findley is president of the World History Association and professor of history at Ohio State University, where he and John Rothney co-founded the world history program. He received Ohio State's Distinguished Research Award in 2000. A specialist in Turkish studies with a lengthy bibliography, Dr. Findley has also written two major books on Ottoman history, both published by Princeton University Press: BUREAUCRATIC REFORM IN THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE: THE SUBLIME PORTE, 1789-1922 (1980) and the prize-winning OTTOMAN CIVIL OFFICIALDOM: A SOCIAL HISTORY (1989). He has been a visiting professor at both the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris, 1994) and Bilkent University (Ankara, 1997) as well as a visiting member at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton (1981-1982). Dr. Findley received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1969.

John Alexander Murray Rothney is professor of history at Ohio State University, where he and Carter Findley co-founded the world history program. His areas of specialization include the history of modern France and twentieth-century world history. Dr. Rothney's books include BONAPARTISM AFTER SEDAN (Cornell University Press, 1969) and THE BRITTAN AFFAIR AND THE CRISIS OF THE ANCIENT REGIME (Oxford, 1969). He has also published a number of articles in scholarly journals, including his latest project, a work entitled "France Since DeGaulle: An Interpretative History." Dr. Rothney received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1964.

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"[This material] is absolutely essential to any understanding of the twentieth century, and I am delighted to see it included. The 'Titanic' vignette that begins the chapter is apt and useful-it is a good metaphor for the century and fixes attention well. ... The content in this chapter is well presented, reasonable, and readable. It significantly improves the quality of the book and makes it more usable than was the earlier edition. The impact of industrialization, the growth of mass society, the growing power differences between the core and periphery-these are all treated well, and they provide the background needed to understand why 1914 occurred at all and how it created the consequences that flowed from it." -- Review

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