Focusing on the diplomatic history of Europe from 1919 to 1939, Lafore asserts that World War II resulted largely from efforts of the European Powers to run affairs with institutions and ideas made obsolete by World War I. By 1919 the Great Powers of the nineteenth century were dismembered or exhausted, and the Great Powers of the twentieth century, Russia and the United States, lingered in the wings, unwilling to assume their new roles as arbiters of Europe's and the world's fate. The old diplomatic machinery no longer worked, and no one was capable of devising a means for re-establishing a balance of power. Even Churchill, the author points out, did many of the right things for the wrong reasons. The End of Glory provides an accessible view of interwar diplomacy and describes the tragic decades of the 1920s and 1930s with dramatic clarity.
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Also by Lawrence Lafore and available from Waveland Press: The Long Fuse: An Interpretation of the Origins of World War I, Second Edition (ISBN 9780881339543). Titles of related interest from Waveland Press: Hawley, The Great War and the Search for a Modern Order: A History of the American People and Their Institutions, 1917-1933, Second Edition (ISBN 9780881339734); Nash, The Crucial Era: The Great Depression and World War II, 1929-1945, Second Edition (ISBN 9780881330224); Remak, The Nazi Years: A Documentary History (ISBN 9780881335279); and Wright, The Ordeal of Total War 1939-1945 (ISBN 9780881339727).
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