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To Hell and Back: Europe, 1914-1949

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<''Superb ... likely to become a classic'' Observer

In the summer of 1914 most of Europe plunged into a war so catastrophic that it unhinged the continent''s politics and beliefs in a way that took generations to recover from. The disaster terrified its survivors, shocked that a civilization that had blandly assumed itself to be a model for the rest of the world had collapsed into a chaotic savagery beyond any comparison. In 1939 Europeans would initiate a second conflict that managed to be even worse - a war in which the killing of civilians was central and which culminated in the Holocaust.

To Hell and Back tells this story with humanity, flair and originality. Kershaw gives a compelling narrative of events, but he also wrestles with the most difficult issues that the events raise - with what it meant for the Europeans who initiated and lived through such fearful times - and what this means for us.<>


A great achievement ... There could hardly be a more judicious guide to this bloody terrain ... a stark lesson in man's capacity for evil Dominic Sandbrook The Sunday Times

Product details

Authors Ian Kershaw
Publisher Penguin Books Uk
Languages English
Product format Paperback
Released 02.06.2016
EAN 9780141980430
ISBN 978-0-14-198043-0
No. of pages 592
Dimensions 128 mm x 196 mm x 28 mm
Subjects Humanities, art, music > History > 20th century (up to 1945)
Non-fiction book > History

Europe, First World War, 20th Century, 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000, 20th century, c 1900 to c 1999, Second World War, c 1910 to c 1919, Modern warfare, c 1940 to c 1949

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