About the Book

This major global history of the twentieth century is written by four prominent international historians for first-year undergraduate level and upward. Using their thematic and regional expertise, the authors have produced an authoritative yet accessible account of the history of international relations in the last century and beyond, covering events in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas. They focus on the history of relations between states and on the broad ideological, economic and cultural forces that have influenced the evolution of international politics over the past one hundred years and more. Among the areas this book covers are:

  • the decline of European hegemony over the international order
  • the diffusion of power to the two superpowers
  • the rise of newly independent states in Asia and Africa
  • the course and consequences of the three major global conflicts of the twentieth century: the First World War, the Second World War and the Cold War.

New features of the second edition include:

  • a new chapter on European integration and the rise of supra-governmental organizations
  • a new chapter overview on the state of the world with an emphasis on events post-9/11 and the ‘global war on terror’
  • a new textbook design with margins for glossary terms and cross-references, chapter introductions and conclusions, debates boxes, bibliographical essays and documents.