This is volume seven in the eight-volume Penguin History of Europe and it is very good. It has to cover a lot of ground and Kershaw does it clearly and authoritatively. He does this more by focusing on broad themes and issues, than getting snarled up in details. It is a high-level overview.
- The period
- The themes
- The origins of the First World War
- Civilised Western and backward Eastern Europe
- The weakness of inter-war democracy
- What is fascism and how does it take hold?
- The collapse of the Left
- Hitler’s seizure of power an accident
- Fascinating facts
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