Europe 1880-1945 - John RobertsLondon: Longmans, Green & Co., 1967, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper snagged at the head of the spine, a little faded overall. Text complete, clean and tight.
Illustrated by way of: Maps ;
From the cover: “This book provides a guide to the most important changes in European history between 1880 and 1945. Not all of these are political in the conventional sense as they embrace cultural and philosophical ideas which are often neglected in more traditional books.
The core of the work is an examination of the process by which Europe, while displaying extraordinary vitality and creativity, failed to solve many of her own problems and therefore deployed many of her energies in self destruction. The clearest evidence we have of this is the way in which Europeans rejected the very ideas and institutions on which so much of the achievements of the previous half-century were founded: for example, tolerance, rationality, the belief in the individual and his rights, the common code of humanitarianism.
At the same time Europe was living in a world where other forces were beginning to appear which were also, in the long run, to help to undermine her power and influence; a dwarfing of Europe and the loss of her world hegemony is the major theme of international politics and this, too, owes much to Europe’s suicidal proneness to internecine struggle after 1914.”