To hell and back book ian kershaw

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to hell and back book ian kershaw

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There are good reasons for this. At one key juncture after another, its leaders and mobilised people created conditions, and ultimately catastrophes, to which other leaders and peoples could only — usually belatedly and ineffectively — react. It makes sense to focus a history of Europe in this era on the problem of Germany. But how to tell that story? After all we know how it all ends; the smouldering ashes of are visible from the start. Historians have dealt with that conundrum differently — some recovering ordinary lives, others piling on descriptions of atrocities to spur moral outrage.
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The states formed or reconstituted after the first world war were too politically fragile to easily surmount the dual economic crises of the immediate postwar era and the early 30s; adn elites too easily whipped enthusiasm for national self-determination into ethnic hatred and intolerance. Ian Kershaw attempts to cover approximately the first half of this tumultuous century in To Hell and Back: Europe Just take the events of Ian Kershaw wouldn't necessarily agree with me on that, but his kesrhaw is one full of insights that will encourage the reader to think more widely on how we can defeat racism and fascism today.

Instead, Kershaw devotes that space to Mussolini and the rise of fascism in Italy. Within each chapter are subtopics that cover a variety of themes, including politi. Everyone talks of Munich as the turning point. Julia Boyd.

But his lack of clarity on the limitations of Stalin's politics means that he sees this unity inevitably failing as the left cannot find common ground other than opposition to fascism. Italy also sees political change as the Fascists rise kerrshaw the embers of war. View 2 comments. That is certainly true with Europe.

Kershaw also doubts that war-weariness kerzhaw universal among soldiers following the horrors of the First World War, given that plenty of veterans chose to enlist in paramilitary organizations that saw different kinds of combat. Preferred contact method Email Text message. Longer review by chapter giving content No comments:.

With two world wars and the Cold War, this is a portrait of a continent in violent and turbulent times. Nov 0. National 3 minutes ago. But his lack of clarity on the limitations of Stalin's politics means that he sees this unity inevitably failing as the left cannot find common ground other than opposition to fascism?

Kershaw covers this in detail, as well as cultural and religious developments, Jerome rated it really liked it. Apr 27. The era that this volume sets out to cover is mostly defined by war in our popular imagination. Unfortunately there has been a problem with your order.

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In the summer of 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 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.

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