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560 pp.
40 photos (B&W); 23 maps; 9 tables, 7" x 9"


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Imprint: OUP Canada

The Twentieth-Century World

An International History, Canadian Edition, Second Edition

William R. Keylor, Jerry Bannister and Tracey J. Kinney

Through a distinctive analytical framework that focuses on the relations between countries rather than their individual histories, this second Canadian edition offers an engaging narrative account of twentieth-century world history. Thoroughly updated, this new edition provides expanded coverage of the non-Western world and includes a brand new chapter covering the first decade of the twenty-first century - exploring such recent historical events as Canada's mission in Afghanistan and the Copenhagen Climate Summit. With its impeccable scholarship and even-handed analysis, The Twentieth-Century World, second Canadian edition, is an essential resource for all students of twentieth-century history.

Readership : The Twentieth-Century World is a core text for twentieth-century world history courses, generally taught in first year out of history departments at Canadian universities.

Prologue: International Relations at the Beginning of the Twentieth Century
The Europeanization of the World
The Rise of Japanese Power in East Asia
The Emergence of the United States
Developments in the Americas
Technology and the Geopolitical World View
The Development of an International Economy
Part One. The Thirty Years' War (1914-1945)
1. Germany's Bid for European Dominance (1914-1918)
The Roots of the Thirty Years' War
Pre-war Germany
The War Begins
'Total War' on the Home Front
Political and Economic Warfare
The Russian Revolution
The Significance of Russian Withdrawal
The Significance of the American Intervention
The Legacy of the Russian Revolution
2. The Peace of Paris and the New International Order
The Paris Peace Conference
The Political Realities of Diplomacy
The American Position
The British Position
The Impact of the Russian Revolution
Judging the Peace of Paris
3. The 1920s: The Era of Illusions
The Illusion of Economic Restoration
The Confirmation of US Supremacy in Latin America
The Illusion of Continental Security
4. The 1930s: The Illusions Dispelled
The Collapse of the World Economic Order
The United States and Latin America
The Collapse of the European Security System
The Spanish Civil War
Hitler's Plan
Germany and Japan
German Policy in Eastern Europe
The Munich Pact
The Invasion of Czechoslovakia
The Kremlin Chooses Sides
5. Germany's Second Bid for European Dominance (1939-1945)
The Outbreak of the Second World War
The Fall of France
The Battle of Britain
The Invasion of the Soviet Union
The US and the War in Europe
Britain and the 'Second Front'
Planning for Post-war Europe
The Holocaust
6. The Confirmation of Japan's Supremacy in East Asia
Peaceful Penetration (1914-1930)
Military Expansion (1931-1941)
The War in Asia (1941-1945)
7. The Formation of the Bipolar World in the Truman-Stalin Era
Canada's Emergence as a 'Middle Power'
The Political Division of Europe
The Marshall Plan
The Division of Germany
The Korean War and Western Rearmament
Part Two. The Cold War Between the Superpowers (1945-1985)
8. Coexistence and Confrontation (1953-1962)
Eisenhower's 'New Look'
The Post-Stalin 'Thaw'
The Suez Crisis
The Problem of Berlin
The US and Latin America in the Crisis Years
Canada and the Cold War
9. Détente and Multipolarity (1962-1975)
Arms Control and Strategic Parity
Canada in the 1960s
Confronting the Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons
France's Assault on the Bipolar World
The Political Settlement in Europe
Conflict in the Middle East
10. The Rise of China and the Cold War in Asia
The Communist Victory in the Chinese Civil War
The Korean War
The USSR and China: From Partnership to Rivalry
The United States and Indochina
Canada and the Vietnam War
Sino-American Rapprochement
11. The Resurgence of East-West Tension (1975-1985)
Canada in the World During the Trudeau Era
The Prospects for Pluralism and Interdependence
The Renewal of the Arms Race
Turmoil in South Asia
Peace and War in the Middle East
12. Africa: From Independence to Dependency
Decolonization and Optimism
Threats to African Independence
Recession and Reorganization in the 1970s
Regional Rivalry and Cold War
The Impact of Apartheid
13. The Far East: The Road to the New Co-Prosperity Sphere
The Miracle of Japan
The Gang of Four and ASEAN
The Deng Revolution in China
The Transformation of China
Part Three. From Cold War to New World Disorder (1985-2000)
14. Moscow, Washington, and the End of the Soviet Empire
The Gorbachev Revolution
The Disintegration of the East Bloc
Disengagement and Troop Withdrawal
The Collapse of the Soviet Union
Tensions the Former Soviet Republics
15. Europe: Integration and Disintegration
The Resurrection of the European Idea
The European Monetary Union
Defence Co-operation and the European Army Corps
The eu and the Question of Expansion
The Balkan Tragedy
16. Asia at the Crossroads
Economic Growth and Security Dilemmas in East Asia
The Impact of China's Economic Growth
Trouble on the Korean Peninsula
Changes in Japanese Foreign Policy
Security Concerns and Financial Crisis in East Asia
Tensions in South Asia
17. Africa on Its Own: Ethnic Conflict, Autocracy, and Underdevelopment
Africa after the Cold War
Nigeria: West Africa's Stabilizing Force
Progress Towards Power-Sharing and Multiparty Democracy
Developments in North Africa
Africa after the Cold War: Independent or Alone?
18. The Middle East: The Rocky Road to Reconciliation
The Gulf War of 1991
Negotiations Between Israel and the Palestinians
From Oslo to the Wye River: Negotiations in the 1990s
19. Latin America: Democracy, Free Markets, and Regional Stability
North American Free Trade and its Impact on Latin America
The Political Consequences of Economic Reforms in Latin America
20. A Unipolar World or a New Multilateralism?
The Aftermath of the Cold War
The Management of the Global Economy
The Progress of Arms Control
The New World Role of the United Nations in the 1990s
21. The Twenty-First Century (NEW CHAPTER!)
The Turn of the Century World
Unipolar or Multipolar?
Globalism and its Discontents
One World?
The Environment
Timelines of World History 1900-2010
Glossary of International Economics Terminology
Bibliographic Essay

Instructor's Manual: Chapter Introductions, Learning Objectives, Discussion and Debate Ideas, Further Reading and Media Suggestions, Teaching Aids, Homework Assignments, Suggested Topics for Research Papers
Student's Study Guide: Chapter Introductions, Learning Objectives, Multiple Choice Questions with Answers, Short Answer Questions with Answers, Research Paper Topics, Suggested Audio-Visual Resources
Companion Website: Timelines of local events for each region, Web Links - ordered chronologically with corresponding text reference

William R. Keylor is a professor of history and international relations and the director of the International History Institute at Boston University. Jerry Bannister is an associate professor in the department of history at Dalhousie University. Tracey J. Kinney is a professor in the history department at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in British Columbia. She is also the author of Conflict and Cooperation, second edition (OUP Canada, 2010).

Writing History - William Kelleher Storey and Towser Jones
Conflict and Cooperation - Edited by Tracey J. Kinney
A World of Nations - William R. Keylor

Special Features

  • Unique approach. Reflecting our increasingly interrelated world, the text examines how nations interact with one another and the impact of those relationships on world events.
  • Forward looking. Offering the most thorough account of the first decade of the new millennium available, this edition encourages students to examine the impact of the events of the twentieth-century on the twenty-first.
  • Accessible. Written for the undergraduate, this book offers an engaging, straightforward presentation that assumes minimal background knowledge.
  • Canadian and international coverage. Coverage of Canada's participation in world events and moments in Canadian history that reflect broader international trends and geopolitical problems have been integrated throughout. Extensive regional coverage of Europe, the Americas, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, as well as expanded coverage of the non-Western world offer students a wide-ranging international perspective.
  • Convenient timeline. Outlines significant events throughout the era to help students follow the narrative.
  • Extensive bibliographic essay. Discussing contributions of secondary sources to the field and establishing the connections between them, this indispensable reference for writers of research papers appears at the end of the book.
  • Full-colour world maps. Included on the inside front and back covers, provide easy reference to the political divisions of the globe at both start and the end of the twentieth century.
New to this Edition
  • Brand new concluding chapter. Examines events and issues of the first decade of the twenty-first century-including the war in Afghanistan and the Copenhagen Climate Summit-helping students make historical connections to the present.
  • Expanded coverage of the non-Western world. New boxes on topics such as India's contributions in the two world wars, the Congo Crisis of the early 1960s, and the rise of the mujahideen offer deeper insight into the non-Western world.
  • New pedagogy. Each chapter now includes questions for critical thought and a list of websites to explore, as well as an outline and a summary, providing students with the tools necessary to be successful in their studies.
  • Expanded selection of photographs. Chosen with the Canadian student in mind, these photos highlight the human dimensions of historical events.
  • Brilliant design. A brand new two-colour design engages students by drawing their attention to important material.
  • Online Resources. Brand new instructor's manual and companion website offer support for course planning. Students will benefit from the additional pedagogical tools available to them through the online student study guide.