Marked by two world wars, the Holocaust, and a host of violent conflicts, the twentieth century has been the most explosive and destructive in human history. As we enter the twenty-first century, it is vital that we understand what went wrong in the preceding 100 years. This volume covers the landmark events from 1900 through the Second World War: the Russo-Japanese War, the global repercussions of World War I, the Russian Revolution, the Great Depression, Mussolini's fascism, Hitler's nazism, Stalin's socialism, the Spanish Civil War, the China of Mao and Chiang Kai-shek, World War II, the development of the atomic bomb, and more. In addition, Kantowicz probes behind the events themselves, examining their source in the five terrible "isms" of the twentieth century - anarchism, socialism, imperialism, nationalism, and ethnocentrism. Proving compelling often disconcerting reading, this book helps make sense of what is happening in the world today by considering important lessons from our recent past.
Volume One of this two-volume work by historian Edward Kantowicz covers the period from 1900 up to and including the Second World War. Kantowicz explores such important topics as the Russo-Japanese War of 1904, the revolutions touched off by World War I, the Great Depression, Mussolini's and Hitler's reigns of terror, and World War II and its attendant atrocities.