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Title:
The Penguin history of the twentieth century : the history of the world, 1901 to the present
Author:
Roberts, J. M. (John Morris), 1928-2003.
Uniform Title:
Twentieth century
Publication Information:
London : Penguin, 2000.

©1999
Physical Description:
xx, 905 pages : maps ; 20 cm
General Note:
Originally published as: Twentieth century. London : Allen Lane, 1999.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780140276312
Format :
Book

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Summary

This dazzling overview of a turbulent century explores both dramatic events and underlying trends. Despite a terrible two-stage 'European civil war' and the traumatic rise and fall of communism, wealth has increased dramatically alongside a four-fold leap in population, women's lives have been transformed, America has assumed undisputed political and cultural leadership - and China is now clearly awaiting its moment. J. M. Roberts's earlier Penguin History of the World was a publishing landmark which informed and delighted readers all over the planet. The Penguin History of the Twentieth Century is equally powerful, international and definitive.


Author Notes

J. M. Roberts (1928-2003) was an eminent British historian and television presenter. He was the vice chancellor of the University of Southampton (1979-1985) and the warden of Merton College, Oxford (1985-1994). He wrote and presented The Triumph of the West , a 13-part series for the BBC (1985). He is the author of numerous books, including The Penguin History of the World , The Triumph of the West , and Twentieth Century.