The World in the 20th Century A Thematic Approach

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2012-01-27
  • Publisher: Pearson

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For undergraduate courses on 20th century world history, history of Europe and international relations. Presents a framework of key events in the 20th century that shaped the modern world. The World in the Twentieth Century is a brief, accessible text written for students who may have little background in history. It focuses on encouraging students to make connections by delivering four important themes: the effects of technology on world history, changing global identities, shifting borders and globalization. These themes and the book's structure develop a deeper understanding of a fast-paced century by placing strong emphasis on student engagement.

Author Biography

Stephanie A. Hallock is an associate professor of political science at Harford Community College in Bel Air, Maryland, where she chairs the college’s International Education Initiative. Her primary work has been in the area of global curriculum development and study abroad, consulting and presenting in Bulgaria and the United States. These experiences led to her current exploration of various pedagogical approaches to promote student engagement, both in the classroom and larger communities in which they live. In 2009, she received a NISOD Excellence Award for teaching and leadership. She received her B.A. from Roanoke College, an M.A. from Virginia Tech and a Ph.D. from the University of Miami (FL). She began her teaching career at Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida.

Table of Contents

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Chapter 1 Setting the Stage: Overview of the Nineteenth Century

Chapter 2 The Great War: 1914-1918

Chapter 3 The Inter-War Years: Immediate Consequences of The Great War

Chapter 4 Political Ideologies of the Interwar Years

Chapter 5 World War II

Chapter 6 Conflict and Convergence: 1945-1950

Chapter 7 The Cold War Begins

Chapter 8 Khrushchev’s Cold War

Chapter 9 The Problems of Decolonization

Chapter 10 The Cold War Cools: 1965-1979

Chapter 11 Conflict in the Middle East 

Chapter 12 The Cold War Ends

Chapter 13 Restructuring Relationships

Chapter 14 The Legacy of the Twentieth Century







Chapter 1: Setting the Stage: Overview of the Nineteenth Century

Empires Structure the Globe

New Imperialism

The Direct Effects of Industrialization

Ideological Revolutions against Conservatism

The World in 1900


Chapter 2: The Great War: 1914-1918

Changes in Europe

Surprise and Stalemate

Revolutions Restructure Russia

The United States Enters and the Great War Ends


Chapter 3: The Inter-War Years: Immediate Consequences of The Great War

The Treaty of Versailles

Imperial Demise and Restructuring

The Great Depression

Technology Marches Forward


Chapter 4: Political Ideologies of the Interwar Years


Authoritarian/Military Dictatorships



The Rise of Nazi Germany


Chapter 5: World War II

The War Begins in Europe: 1939-1941

Opening the Eastern Front: 1941-1942

War in the Pacific: 1941-1943

The North African Theater

Germany on the Defensive: 1943-1945

The Final Phase in the Pacific: 1944-1945

The Human Cost of the War


Chapter 6: Conflict and Convergence: 1945-1950

Worldwide Conflict

Western Europe on the Front Line

Regional Conflicts

International and Regional Convergence


Chapter 7: The Cold War Begins

US Occupation of Japan

The “Other” Communism: Mao’s People’s Republic of China

Conflict in Korea

The Arms Race



Chapter 8: Khrushchev’s Cold War

Changes in the USSR

Peaceful Coexistence

Challenges in the Satellite Bloc

The Soviet Sphere of Influence Reaches the Western Hemisphere


Chapter 9: The Problems of Decolonization

The Forces Behind Decolonization



The Non-Aligned Movement


Chapter 10: The Cold War Cools: 1965-1979

The Brezhnev Era in the East

Changes for the West

A Shift in Cold War Thinking


Chapter 11: Conflict in the Middle East

Arab-Israeli Relations

Iraq and Iran

The Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan


Chapter 12: The Cold War Ends

Reagan and Gorbachev

The Iron Curtain Unravels

Revolution Reaches the USSR

The Soviet Empire Crumbles


Chapter 13: Restructuring Relationships

Restructuring Global Politics and Economics

Restructuring the Nation-State



Chapter 14: The Legacy of the Twentieth Century



Competing Perspectives of the Twenty-first Century


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