Twentieth Century Europe: Politics, Society, and Culture

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This book focuses on the crucial political events of the last century, addressing much more than the struggle between communism and capitalism. The author gives major attention to the high level of violence in Europe, and weaves together the overarching themes of the struggle for hegemony, the establishment of common economic and political institutions, the affirmation of social democracy, and the stunning advance of science.

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A bibliographical essay in each chapter allows the readers to expand on issues discussed in the text.

Two sketches in each chapter profile individuals prominent during the time period covered.

The twentieth century is viewed as a "long" century, taking a broader view than simply the struggle between communism and capitalism.
Discusses the increasingly important role of science and technology in European life, from the revolution in physics to the one in biology.
Thoroughly explores the contrast in domestic politics and society between the beginning and end of the century.
The smaller countries of Europe are discussed in detail, to demonstrate their practical influence in economics, politics, society, and science.

About the Author:

Spencer M. Di Scala graduated from Queens College, The City University of New York, and received his M.A. and Ph. D. degrees from Columbia University. He was awarded two Fulbright fellowships to Italy as a student, during which he traveled extensively throughout Europe. He taught at the University of Kentucky and in 1970 began teaching at the University of Massachusetts Boston, where he is Professor of History and Graduate Program Director in the History Department. Among other books, he has published Dilemmas of Italian Socialism: The Politics of Filippo Turati, Renewing Italian Socialism: Nenni to Craxi, Italy: From Revolution to Republic: 1700 to the Present, chosen an alternate of the History Book Club and which has gone into several editions, and European Political Thought, 1815-1989 (co-author). He has contributed to The Christian Science Monitor and written over 200 newspaper, journal, and encyclopedia articles. In 1983 he was named a Senior Fulbright Research Fellow in Rome and in 1997 Research Professor by the University of Massachusetts. He currently serves on the editorial boards of several journals and edits a book series on Italian and Italian American Studies.

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