This comprehensive account analyses the people, places and issues at the heart of modern Europes major historical events. All the major themes, personalities and issues during this period of great upheaval and change are analysed. An ideal reference guide to the period, this book highlights the various developments and changes that have occurred in Europe during the last 200 years and examines the participation of the major European powers in each. Major topics include the Napoleonic era, the unification of Italy and Germany, Victorian England, Fascism and Nazism, the Cold War, and the expansion and consolidation of the European Union.
Table of Contents
* Foreword * Preface to the Third Edition * Preface * The Age of Reason: Decline of Enlightened Despotism in France * The French Revolution of 1789 * Rise of Napoleon Bonaparte * Civilian Work of Napoleon * Congress of Vienna * Congress System under Metternich * The German Empire under Bismarck (1871-1890) * French Monarchy after 1815 * Revolts in Central Europe * Unification of Italy * Unification of Germany (1815-1871) * Second Republic and Second Empire * The Eastern Question * Russia during the 19th Century * Industrial Revolution and the Rise of Capitalism * The Third French Republic * The German Empire under Bismarck (1871-1890) * Focus on East * New Imperialism * The Great War * The Russian Revolution (1917) * League of Nations * The Search for Security in Europe * Post-war Scenario in Europe * Fascist Italy * Dictatorship in the Soviet Union World War II (1939-1945) * Peace Plans of the Allies during the War * The United Nations Post-war Era in Europe * Recovery of Europe * Europe since the Seventies * Index
Beldona Vittal Rao obtained his masters degree in history from the University of Bombay (1962) and PhD from the University of Pune (1987). He has taught history for more than three decades at the Rani Parvati Devi College, Belgaum. He has published numerous research papers in national and international journals. He has been a member of many associations promoting historical and social science research in India and abroad. His other books are World History, History of Asia, History of Europe (1485-1815), and Concise Book of World History.