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A Concise History of the World Since 1945 (2nd Edition)

States and Peoples

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This lively synthesis of global history since the end of World War II offers a gripping account of an interdependent world and the challenges facing individuals in the twenty-first century. The narrative is arranged...

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This lively synthesis of global history since the end of World War II offers a gripping account of an interdependent world and the challenges facing individuals in the twenty-first century. The narrative is arranged around two key tensions: the struggle between socialism and free-market capitalism and the interaction between cultural fragmentation and the competing integrative force of globalization. Considering the historical experience of Africa, Asia and Latin America as well as the West, it addresses the ever-expanding gulf between the developed North and developing South, and the environmental impact of development on the planet’s delicate ecosystems.

Authoritative and well-written, this is an ideal introductory guide for undergraduate and postgraduate students taking courses on global history since 1945. It is also a fascinating primer for anyone with an interest in global history and the issues affecting the globe today.      

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A succinct introductory guide to a popular area of study and general interest
Easy-to-follow structure, organized by subject
Focuses on key topics such as the Cold War, decolonization, human migration, science, technology and medicine, religion and politics, and the environment


Updated to cover events since 2006, including the conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria, China's economic and military advance to great power status, the refugee crises and the global financial crisis of 2008
New material on the international drugs trade, global opioid crisis and healthcare implications
Expanded material on social media
Updated material on environmental issues, considering US disengagement from traditional global partners in the area of climate change and the Trump administration's distrust of climate science and executive roll-back of established environmental laws
More social history, especially coverage of women and recent developments around issues of sexuality
Expanded section on Islam to include developments within the mainstream (as opposed to radical) tradition worldwide and current historiography







PART I: FROM BIPOLAR TO MULTIPOLAR WOLRD
1. The Cold War in global context, 1945-1991
2. The end of empire and the problem of neocolonialism
3. An elusive new world order, 1991-2004
PART II: GLOBALIZATION AND ITS DISCONTENTS
4. When borders don't matter: development and global culture
5. When borders do matter: international migration and identity
PART III: BODY AND SPIRIT
6. Science, technology, and the environment
7. Religion, rights and civil society
Conclusion: Hope and misgiving in the new century.

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W. M. Spellman is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of North Carolina, Asheville, USA.    



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W. M. Spellman is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of North Carolina, Asheville, USA.    



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