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The End of the Twentieth Century and the End of the Modern Age

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Historian John Lukacs's brilliant new book offers a provocative summing-up of the twentieth century, that age of iron which began with the guns of August in 1914 and ended with the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1989. Distinguished by its author's masterly style and command of detail, The End of the Twentieth Century is a startling examination of where we are today, how w ...more
Hardcover, 291 pages
Published February 9th 1993 by Ticknor & Fields (first published 1993)
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Nationalism, not Communism, was the main political force in the twentieth century. While much of the political narrative of the second half of the twentieth century was focused on the consequences of the rivalry between the USA and the USSR and their satellites, Lukacs argues that it was actually nationalism that has been the main political force during this period and because this was not realised by a succession of US presidents the Cold War lasted longer then it should have.
Lukacs notes that
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Lukacs was born in Budapest to a Roman Catholic father and Jewish mother. His parents divorced before the Second World War. During the Second World War he was forced to serve in a Hungarian labour battalion for Jews. During the German occupation of Hungary in 1944-45 he evaded deportation to the death camps, and survived the siege of Budapest. In 1946, as it became clear that Hungary was going to ...more
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