Essays on Twentieth-Century History

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Michael Adas, American Historical Association
Temple University Press, May 28, 2010 - History - 344 pages

In the sub-field of world history, there has been a surprising paucity of thinking and writing about how to approach and conceptualize the long twentieth century from the 1870s through the early 2000s. The historiographic essays collected in Essays on Twentieth Century History will go a long way to filling that lacuna.

Each contribution covers a key theme and one or more critical sub-fields in twentieth century global history. Chapters address migration patterns, the impact of world wars, transformations in gender and urbanization, as well as environmental transitions. All are written by leading historians in each of the sub-fields represented, and each is intended to provide an introduction to the literature, key themes, and debates that have proliferated around the more recent historical experience of humanity.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 World Migration in the Long Twentieth Century
9
In Search of an Urban Paradigm for an Urban World
53
3 Women in the Twentieth Century World
83
4 The Gendering of Human Rights in the International Systems of Law in the Twentieth Century
116
5 The Impact of the Two World Wars in a Century of Violence
161
6 Locating the United States in TwentiethCentury World History
213
Toward a Transregional Perspective
271
8 A Century of Environmental Transitions
315
About the Contributors
344
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Michael Adas is Abraham E. Voorhees Professor of History and Board of Governor's Chair, Rutgers University at New Brunswick. He is the author of numerous books and articles, including Machines as the Measure of Men, which won the Dexter prize in 1991, and more recently Dominance by Design. He is the co-author (with Peter Stearns and Stuart Schwartz), of World Civilizations: The Global Experience, which is now in its sixth edition.

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