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Title:
The complete idiot's guide to 20th century history.
Author:
Axelrod, Alan, 1952-
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Publication Information:
New York : Alpha ; Hemel Hempstead : Prentice Hall, 1999.
Physical Description:
491 pages ; 23 cm
Language:
English
Added Title:
20th century history.

Twentieth century history.
ISBN:
9780028633855
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Book

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Summary

Summary

A beginnger's guide to understanding the major events within the years 1900-1999. The book explains the century's great accomplishments, tragedies, and its most important people and events.


Author Notes

Alan Axelrod was born on August 25, 1952, in New York. He was educated at Northeastern Illinois University and University of Iowa. He is a leading writer about American history, and is the author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to American History. In his books, Axelrod presents the facts, details, and faces that have helped shape the history of the United States.

Axelrod has served as a consultant to several museums and institutions. He has received numerous honors, including a National Cowboy Hall of Fame Award in 1991.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Table of Contents

Part 1 Overview and Backward Overturep. 1
1 Our Home Centuryp. 3
Century in a Nutshellp. 3
A Hundred Violent Yearsp. 5
Promises, Promisesp. 10
Some Themes and Variationsp. 12
2 A Nation Rises (1700s-1840)p. 15
Westward the Course of Empirep. 16
Jefferson Gets a Bargainp. 18
Fulton Puts on Steamp. 19
Big Ditch to the Westp. 22
Ties That Bindp. 24
3 Century of Iron (1844-1859)p. 25
More Revolutionsp. 26
In the Halls of Montezumap. 27
Victoria Triumphantp. 30
The Year 1848p. 32
Darwin Looks at Lifep. 32
Hard Timesp. 33
4 A Nation Torn and Reborn (1860-1869)p. 35
Liberty Compromisedp. 35
Frontiersp. 41
Atlantic Cablep. 43
Union Pacificp. 43
5 Through the Golden Door (1870-1899)p. 47
Flipping Switchesp. 47
"Mary Had a Little Lamb"p. 49
The Incandescent Agep. 51
And More Lightp. 52
A Place Called Tuskegeep. 53
Mississippi River Talep. 55
Land of Libertyp. 56
Remember the Maine!p. 61
Reflections on the White City: Looking Toward the 20th Centuryp. 63
Part 2 The Old World Dies: 1900-1919p. 65
6 First Years (1900-1902)p. 67
Box Brownie and Boxersp. 67
East Meets Westp. 69
New Century, New Realityp. 70
A Queen Dies, a War Endsp. 73
Africa: A New Kind of Combatp. 74
The Unnatural Worldp. 76
Heart of Darkness?p. 79
7 Rising and Sinking (1903-1913)p. 81
Kitty Hawk Morningp. 82
War and Peacep. 83
Two Theoriesp. 85
Einstein on Relativityp. 86
Saviors Wantedp. 88
Heroes Wantedp. 90
Black Activism in 1909p. 92
Accidents Will Happenp. 94
A Fire in Manhattanp. 95
Titanic Tragedyp. 96
8 The World Reshaped (1908-1913)p. 99
Two Revolutionsp. 99
Imperial Gesturesp. 104
America Plays in Her Own Backyardp. 105
Big Governmentp. 108
Modern Timesp. 110
Stravinsky's New Noise in Parisp. 111
Art Gets Cubed--and Whyp. 112
9 Sarajevo Shooting (1914-1916)p. 115
Wrong Place, Wrong Timep. 115
Thrust and Stalematep. 119
Soil and the Blood of Francep. 120
Gas!p. 123
The Russian Bear Faltersp. 124
Empires in Flamesp. 124
Safe at Homep. 126
A War in the Bedroomp. 127
A War in the Moviesp. 128
10 Saving Democracy (1917-1919)p. 131
Zimmermann Sends a Telegramp. 131
Mobilization: Patriots and Slackersp. 133
"Lafayette, We Are Here!"p. 135
A League of Their Ownp. 139
Red Star Risingp. 143
The Plague of War: Influenza Rakes the Worldp. 148
Part 3 Lost Generations: 1920-1938p. 151
11 Jazz Age (1920-1929)p. 153
What Is Normal?p. 154
The Party Beginsp. 160
Cops and Robbersp. 163
12 Victims and Heroes (1920-1929)p. 167
Choosing Up Sidesp. 167
Mussolini Makes the Trains Run on Timep. 169
A Little Man in a Beer Hallp. 171
G-Menp. 174
The Golden Door Slams Shutp. 176
Flying Highp. 177
A Miracle Drug from Moldp. 178
The Lone Eagle Soarsp. 178
...and So Does the Babep. 180
Prosperityp. 182
13 The Party Ends (1929-1934)p. 183
Recipe for Depressionp. 184
"Prosperity's Just Around the Corner"p. 186
Shanty Towns and Skyscrapersp. 187
The Bonus Army on the Marchp. 189
Europe: A Gathering Darknessp. 190
The League Stumblesp. 191
Man of Steelp. 192
Savage Men with Long Knivesp. 194
America Gets a New Dealp. 195
14 "Happy Days Are Here Again" (1934-1938)p. 199
Dust Bowl Disasterp. 200
A Tale of Two Nationsp. 202
Depression Culturep. 205
The Ride of Bonnie and Clydep. 206
From Folksongs to Damsp. 208
Rehearsal for Armageddonp. 210
Aliens Land in New Jerseyp. 212
Part 4 To Hell and Back: 1939-1949p. 215
15 "Peace in Our Time" (1939-1941)p. 217
Tomorrow...the Worldp. 218
Living Roomp. 219
Betrayalp. 223
The Stain Spreadsp. 223
The Phony War and the Fall of Francep. 224
Arsenal of Democracyp. 227
Day of Infamyp. 228
16 Total War (1941-1945)p. 231
The Relentless Empirep. 232
30 Seconds Over Tokyop. 234
"Relocation"p. 236
Thrust into the Soft Underbellyp. 237
A Soldier's Battlep. 242
17 "Now I Am Become Death" (1941-1945)p. 247
Russian Frontp. 247
In the Jaws of the Visep. 249
Holocaustp. 253
Retreat to the Bunkerp. 256
Atomic Dawnp. 256
18 A War Served Cold (1946-1949)p. 265
The World Unites--and Dividesp. 265
Science Ascendantp. 269
"Never Again"p. 276
A Policy of Containmentp. 277
Part 5 American Dreams: 1950-1969p. 283
19 Picket Fence and Iron Curtain (1950-1954)p. 285
The Year 1950p. 286
Charge It, Pleasep. 286
Religion Writ Largerp. 287
Witch Hunter from Wisconsinp. 288
Organized Crimep. 290
"Police Action"p. 291
A World More Dangerousp. 295
20 The Back of the Bus (1954-1963)p. 299
A Dream Deferredp. 300
Birth of a Movementp. 305
March on Washingtonp. 308
21 From Sputnik to the New Frontier (1955-1963)p. 311
We Like Ikep. 311
Dr. Salk's Miraclep. 314
A Whole Lotta Shakin'p. 316
A Woman's Placep. 320
New Moonp. 322
The Torch Is Passedp. 323
Dallas, November 22, 1963, 12:30 P.M.p. 326
22 "The Great Society" (1964-1967)p. 329
A Martyr's Causesp. 329
Launching a Great Societyp. 331
A Domino Leansp. 335
War and Protestp. 338
23 Vietnam, the Moon, and a Nation Called Woodstock (1968-1969)p. 341
"Hell, No! We Won't Go"p. 341
The Making of a Counterculturep. 346
Blood in Memphis, Blood in L.A., Blood in Chicagop. 348
A Lunar Promise Keptp. 351
Woodstock Nationp. 353
Part 6 A New World: 1970-1989p. 357
24 Truces and Terrorists (1970-1975)p. 359
"Peace with Honor" and Death from Abovep. 360
Nixon and Kissingerp. 364
Acts of Terrorp. 366
Dirty Tricks and Dirty Liesp. 369
The Liberal Backlashp. 372
25 Hostage Situations (1974-1980)p. 377
The Nation Has a Birthdayp. 377
The Right to Die and the Nature of Lifep. 380
Life on the Small Screenp. 383
Peacemakers, Fanatics, and Revolutionariesp. 385
Made in Japanp. 391
Hostage Crisisp. 393
26 Years of Plague, Years of Hope (1980-1989)p. 395
Why Reagan?p. 395
In Praise of Greedp. 399
The "Gay Plague"p. 400
Bhopal and Chernobylp. 401
Black Monday, October 19, 1987p. 404
Star Wars and the Evil Empirep. 406
Human Rightsp. 409
Part 7 Unfinished Century: The 1990sp. 411
27 Red Sunset and Desert Flames (1990-1992)p. 413
The God That Failedp. 413
Return to Tribalismp. 420
Desert Shield and Desert Stormp. 423
The Economy, Stupidp. 425
28 Prosperity and Scandal (1993-)p. 427
The Comeback Kidp. 427
Portraits of Anarchyp. 429
Annus Horribilisp. 431
Two Trials in L.A.p. 433
An Age of Ragep. 435
And an Age of Reconciliationp. 437
Of Genetic Engineering and Cyber Surfingp. 439
Sex, Lies, and the White Housep. 441
A Look Aheadp. 441
Will We Live Better?p. 444
Appendices
A Who Was Who in the 20th Centuryp. 445
B Talk of the Timesp. 451
C Recommended Readingp. 463
Indexp. 467

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