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by Konrad H. Jarausch


Out of Ashes: A New History of Europe in the Twentieth Century epub

ISBN: 0691152799

ISBN13: 978-0691152790

Author: Konrad H. Jarausch

Category: Social Sciences

Subcategory: Politics & Government

Language: English

Publisher: Princeton University Press (May 26, 2015)

Pages: 880 pages

ePUB book: 1204 kb

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Rating: 4.3

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Konrad Jarausch's ambitious and sprawling new book, Out of Ashes, seems like a text for our times. Konrad Jarausch narrates the rise, fall, and rebirth of Europe in the twentieth century as an unparalleled drama full of dark sides and catastrophes, but also of progress.

Konrad Jarausch's ambitious and sprawling new book, Out of Ashes, seems like a text for our times. Jarausch examines Europe's recent past, pursuing a fundamental question-namely, what is modernization?-that connects the continent's violently ideological ‘dark times' to its postwar renewal and ambiguous future. Konrad Jarausch narrates the rise, fall, and rebirth of Europe in the twentieth century as an unparalleled drama full of dark sides and catastrophes, but also of progress and hope. He makes the study of European history an intellectual adventure again. -Jürgen Kocka, Free University of Berlin.

No doubt many Historians for Britain – some of whom probably last read a book on the history of 20th-century Europe when they were undergraduates – still think this way. But to those who see their task as debunking myth rather than perpetuating it, the German-born, US-based historian Konrad Jarausch has done a considerable service in writing this new synthesis. Jarausch has his sympathies too, of course, and the trained eye will not struggle to detect them. Jarausch wrote this excellent book, according to the acknowledgements, to teach his US-born grandchildren something of their European heritage.

A sweeping history of twentieth-century Europe, Out of Ashes tells . .Other books on this topic-like the Oxford History of the 20th Century aren't as political as this on.Konrad Jarausch describes how the European nations emerged from the nineteenth century with high hopes for continued material progress and proud of their imperial command over the globe, only to become A sweeping history of twentieth-century Europe, "Out of Ashes" tells the story of an era of unparalleled violence and barbarity yet also of humanity, prosperity, and promise.Nov 14, 2015 Kevin Zwiefelhofer rated it liked it.

Jarausch, Konrad H. Out of Ashes: A New History of Europe in the Twentieth Century, Princeton University Press (2015). Jarausch, Konrad H. Gebrochene n : Universität und Politik im 20. Jahrhundert Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht (2010). Jarausch, Konrad Hugo. Contemporary History as Transatlantic Project: The German Problem, 1960-2010;. Zentrum für Historische Sozialforschung" 2012. After Hitler: Recivilizing Germans, 1945-1995 (2008).

His previous books have been on German history .

His previous books have been on German history, including a study of Bethmann Hollweg, the chancellor a century ago when Germany unhappily plunged into war, and After Hitler, which starts at the end of the descent into darkness and looks at how Germany recovered and recivilized, to become the most successful democracy, and economy, in Europe. Despite such problems, however, Europe itself was reborn after 1945 from the ashes of Jarausch’s title. According to Jarausch, change came once more in the years after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 as Europe took additional steps toward unification.

A sweeping history of twentieth-century Europe, Out of Ashes tells the story of an era . Out of Ashes - Konrad H. Jarausch. A new history of europe in the twentieth century.

A sweeping history of twentieth-century Europe, Out of Ashes tells the story of an era of unparalleled violence and barbarity yet also of humanity, prosperity, and promise. Konrad Jarausch describes how the European nations emerged from the nineteenth century with high hopes for continued material progress and proud of their imperial command over the globe, only to become embroiled in the bloodshed of World War I, which brought an end to their optimism and gave rise to competing democratic, communist, and fascist ideologies.

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Konrad H. Jarausch is the Lurcy Professor of European Civilization at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Winner of 2016 Bronislaw Geremek Prize, College of Europe 2016. Commended for PROSE Award in European & World History, Association of American Publishers 2016. Country of Publication. Princeton University Press. He shows how the 1920s witnessed renewed hope and a flourishing of modernist art and literature, but how the decade ended in economic collapse and gave rise to a second, more devastating world war and genocide on an unprecedented scale. Jarausch further explores how Western Europe surprisingly recovered due to American help and political integration.

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A sweeping history of twentieth-century Europe, Out of Ashes tells the story of an era of unparalleled violence and barbarity yet also of humanity, prosperity, and promise.

Konrad Jarausch describes how the European nations emerged from the nineteenth century with high hopes for continued material progress and proud of their imperial command over the globe, only to become embroiled in the bloodshed of World War I, which brought an end to their optimism and gave rise to competing democratic, communist, and fascist ideologies. He shows how the 1920s witnessed renewed hope and a flourishing of modernist art and literature, but how the decade ended in economic collapse and gave rise to a second, more devastating world war and genocide on an unprecedented scale. Jarausch further explores how Western Europe surprisingly recovered due to American help and political integration. Finally, he examines how the Cold War pushed the divided continent to the brink of nuclear annihilation, and how the unforeseen triumph of liberal capitalism came to be threatened by Islamic fundamentalism, global economic crisis, and an uncertain future.

A stunning achievement, Out of Ashes explores the paradox of the European encounter with modernity in the twentieth century, shedding new light on why it led to cataclysm, inhumanity, and self-destruction, but also social justice, democracy, and peace.

Jarausch's synthesis of twentieth century European history engrossed because of my interest in European history.
His thesis on the continental effect of "modernity" however is unconvincing. Nonetheless those who hope to
read a history of Europe in the last century will be satisfied with this book.
We Americans are so narrowly focused that we believe ALL world history revolves around and is dependent upon US policy and diplomacy. Jarausch's exhaustive narrative documents 20th century EUROPEAN history from an European point of view...a refreshing challenge to our typically narrow focus of the 20th C.
Excellent book!!
A thoughtful and detailed exploration of the forces and events shaping the 20th century. This is not a beach book; the insights will influence understanding of the challenges of terrorism, Brexit, and the 2016 Presidential election.
Most stimulating book I have read this year. Very rich jn content. Organized and clarified my view of the majpr events of the period.
One of my favoritest reads on 20th century European history. Jarausch pulls it the whole story together in a readable but detailed manner.
The key concept around which this book revolves has to do with modernity. What is modernity? How did modernity influence the outcome of European history from 1880-to 2015? In what way did science, technology and the various arts influence this period? How did the pre-1914 era influence the rest of history? Why and how did Europe rise, fall and rise again between 1914 to 1945?
These are the main topics raised in this interesting and magnificent book. The author describes in great detail in what way the many and various European nations emerged from the nineteenth century with high hopes for comtinued material progress, only to become involved in the mass manslaugher of WW1. What were the pressures that fragmented the project of advancement into liberal, comminist and fascist ideologies, each promoting a different blueprint for the future?
The 1920s witnessed renewed hope and a flourishing of modernist arts and literature, but the decade ended in the famous economic collapse and gave rise to a second,more devastating war and genocide on an unprecedented scale, only to recover surprisingly due to American help and political integration. As the author writes, he wanted to write and explore the way Europe marched from "material dynamism to a frightful process of self-destruction".
The destruction of the continent in 1945 was much greater in 1945 than in 1914, since more areas had been involved in the fighting and new weapons proved much more lethal. Ironically, the greater physical destruction and loss of life during the Second World War inspired a more intensive soul-searching than afetr the First about how "to create conditions for a genuinely democratic government". Among the victors, the US leaders decided to remain involved in international affairs in order to help advance capitalism and democracy.
The military rivalry of the Cold War perpetuated the frightful face of modernity by bringing humanity closer ever to the verge of self-destruction. The frantic effort to gain an advantage over the other triggered a technological race for developing more effective weapons and systems. Most lethal was the creation of the atomic and hydrogen bombs. Fortunately the deadliness of the weapons proved self-limiting and turned the Cold War into a peaceful competition between modernization alternatives, also leading to stabilized frontiers and mutual recognition of shepres of influence.
The book contains four parts. The first one, called "Promise of Progress" deals with the years 1900-1929.
The second, called "Turn to Self-Destruction" is about the years 1929-to 1945. Here its seven chapters describe the devastating Depresssion, the Stalinist modernization and its failure, the unleashing of World War Two, the Nazi Holocaust and the bitter victory of the Allies.
The third part, called "Suprising victory" isbout the years 1945-1973 and are mainly about the rise of Communism and its spread in Eastern Europe. Other parts are about the decolonization preocess and the about the social reforms carried out throughout the continent.
The last part, called "Confronting Globalization, 1973-2000", is about the post-industrial transition, the return to detente and the fall and demise of the Communist regimes. The book concludes with a discussion about the class of modern liberalism versus the rise of Islam.
Although far from being an easy read, the book is full of original insights and extremely dynamic, showing the perpetual and amazing rise of Europe from the ashes of self-destruction. It also calls the leaders of the US to learn from European history and instructs us in what way wars can be destructive and murderous.
Few historians can rise to the challenge of “big history”. The author follows in the steps of the late Eric Hobsbawm, whose influence he acknowledges, though he employs a different schema, organizing the period around the concept of “modernity”. He takes us from 1900 into the 21st century, describing the rise, fall and rebirth of the Old Continent – hence the title. It is necessarily a lengthy volume and some knowledge of the period is assumed in the reader. The emphasis is on argument and analysis rather than narrative.

The idea of “modernity” is slippery, lacking clear definition. It suggests that the ideas and ideologies, visions and plans of the 20th century were guided by a belief in and a desire for progress. The time was there to be seized. He suggests that this united such diverse systems as liberal democracy, Stalinism and fascism. His view of the Third Reich as forward-looking rather than deeply reactionary will be controversial. I must emphasise that he does not in any way see Naziism as a good thing. Indeed he generally represents modernity as having a dark side, malignant and beneficent both.

The Soviet Union is very much part of this Europe. Britain, France and Germany otherwise carry the weight of most chapters, “smaller” nations only when relevant [as Spain in the 1930s]. The influence of Europe on the world [colonization and decolonization] and the world [especially the United States] on Europe are integrated in his account. Understandably, a lot of attention is paid to the European Union. Included in later chapters are the threat of Islamism, and the challenges of mass migration from the global South. The final pages are in the way of a political essay on Europe’s future – as of 2015 he was still optimistic.

The book is presented as much as written. Each chapter begins with a summary of its main points, which are then addressed in short sections, before being restated in a final paragraph. It is very systematic. There is less colour and character than you will find elsewhere. It makes sections a bit of a slog.

One might argue that modernity’s roots lie in 1789 or that at least they can be found in post-1865 America. The author opted to locate them in fin de siècle Europe when the term itself came into use. He concludes that the epoch is yet incomplete – a very long 20th century.

Not an easy read, but important, original and thought-provoking in its assessment of the past and consideration of the future.