A Short History of the 20th Century
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Combining narrative verve with meticulous scholarship, this brilliant chronicle charts the vicissitudes of a tempestuous century. Starting at the dawn of an era ripe with promise, it shows how empires fell, leaving wars, revolutions, economic depressions and totalitarian regimes in their wake. It also examines the details of everyday life - how children were raised, why cities expanded, and the effects of technology and mass media - before concluding with the fall of the Soviet Union and the resurgence of Islam.