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The Lights that Failed: European International History 1919-1933 (Oxford History of Modern Europe)

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The peace treaties represented an almost impossible attempt to solve the problems caused by a murderous world war. In The Lights that Failed: European International History 1919-1933, part of the Oxford History of Modern Europe series, Steiner challenges the common assumption that the Treaty of Versailles led to the opening of a second European war. In a radically original ...more
Hardcover, 850 pages
Published May 12th 2005 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published March 1st 2005)
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Martin
Historian Zara Steiner presents an enormous amount of information to support her penetrating analysis of European diplomacy in the post-war period. And, in her view, it must be seen as a post-war, not pre-war, period if we are to understand why and how the order established after 1918 broke apart.

Too often, Steiner contends, we look at history starting with the end point (1939 in this case) and view all events leading up to it as an inevitable chain. But the 1920s cannot properly be understood i
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"The map of western Europe was dramatically changed in 1919; that of eastern Europe was unrecognizable. The peace treaties resulted in the greatest expansion of sovereign states witnessed since the Peace of Westphalia [of 1648]. Instead of the three great empires of Germany, Austria-Hungary, and Russia, there were now eight new or restored countries: Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, and Austria. In the Balkans there was one new state, Yugoslavi
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Possible BYT nomination.
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Zara Shakow Steiner is a historian and the wife of essayist George Steiner
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