This reader uses primary sources to illuminate the intellectual, political, and cultural history of Europe from 1900 to the present. Each part, chapter, and section contains an introduction that explains the historical setting and significance of the readings within.
James Krukones is Associate Academic Vice President and Associate Professor of History at John Carroll University in Cleveland. He is the author of To the People: The Russian Government and the Newspaper Sel'skii vestnik "Village Herald," 1881-1917 (Garland, 1988). His articles and reviews have appeared in publications such as the American Historical Review, Slavic Review, Film & History, and the Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television. Dr. Krukones' teaching areas include Russia, Eastern Europe, and history on film. For the last several years his research has focused on Soviet film and its distribution in the U.S. Marvin Perry, now retired, taught history at Baruch College, City University of New York. He has published several successful Cengage Learning texts, including WESTERN CIVILIZATION: IDEAS, POLITICS, AND SOCIETY (senior author and general editor); WESTERN CIVILIZATION: A BRIEF HISTORY; the leading Western Civilization reader, SOURCES OF THE WESTERN TRADITION; AN INTELLECTUAL HISTORY OF MODERN EUROPE; SOURCES OF EUROPEAN HISTORY SINCE 1900 (senior editor); HUMANITIES IN THE WESTERN TRADITION (senior author and general editor); and WORLD WAR II IN EUROPE: A CONCISE HISTORY. His scholarly work includes ARNOLD TOYNBEE AND THE WESTERN TRADITION (1996); coauthor of ANTISEMITISM: MYTH AND HATE FROM ANTIQUITY TO THE PRESENT (2002); coeditor of ANTISEMITIC MYTHS: A HISTORICAL AND CONTEMPORARY ANTHOLOGY (2008); and coeditor of THE THEORY AND PRACTICE OF ISLAMIC TERRORISM: AN ANTHOLOGY (2008). Dr. Perry's scholarly work focuses on the history of ideas. Matthew Berg is Professor of History at John Carroll University, where he teaches courses in modern European history with a particular focus on Germany, international human rights issues, and genocide. He has published widely in the field of postwar reconstruction, political culture, and memory of the Nazi past in Austria, and his ongoing research focuses on politics, the experience of occupation, and everyday life in Vienna's social democratic milieu during the initial years after 1945.