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In this enlargement of his outstanding history of the world, Grenville stresses the history of nation-states within a world of interdependence and regional groupings. The twentieth century remains an epoch of revolutionary change. Clashes of culture, the impact of technology, the consequences of industrialization all play out within national borders that are also porous. In this latest enlarged edition, Grenville has updated the history through 1999 and added new material on the demise of Yugoslavia, with its wars and ethnic cleansing; Clinton's policies in Haiti, Somalia, and Asia; his economic policy; Eastern Europe's new democracies; and the progress of Third World countries. Democracy and the market economy are portrayed as the linchpins of a new century.
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J. A. S. Grenville is Professor of Modern History, Emeritus, at the University of Birmingham, England. He is recognized internationally for his documentary television work and is the author of a number of books, including Europe Reshaped, 1848-1878, and Politics, Strategy, and American Diplomacy.From Library Journal:
As the present century draws to its end, publishers are rushing to record its tumultuous history. Grenville's is a recent example of this trend and of the increasing number of specialized, one-volume reference works issued during the past few years. The author of numerous books in the fields of history and politics, Grenville here presents a chronological and narrative history of our century up to 1993. The book is divided into 18 parts and further into 89 brief chapters. Illustrations (most not seen), maps, and a well-selected, briefly annotated bibliography complement the text. The narrative flows smoothly through such major events as the rise of the United States and Japan as world powers, the two World Wars, Latin America and its continuing struggles, and the dissolution of communism in Eastern Europe and concludes with the post-Cold War era and the dawn of the Clinton presidency. The emphasis is heavily political; readers seeking additional coverage of the arts, sciences, and other topics can be referred to The Facts on File Encyclopedia of the 20th Century (LJ 11/15/91) and Peter Teed's alphabetical Dictionary of 20th Century History, 1914-1990 (Oxford Univ. Pr., 1992). Recommended for academic and public libraries.
Harry E. Whitmore, formerly with Univ. of Maine-Augusta Lib.
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Book Description Belknap Press, 2000. Condition: Good. Exp Sub. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Seller Inventory # GRP15925769