Where Have All the Soldiers Gone?: The Transformation of Modern Europe

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009 - History - 284 pages
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In this lively and ambitious book, James Sheehan charts what is perhaps the most radical shift in Europe’s history: its transformation from war-torn battlefield to peaceful, prosperous society. For centuries, war was Europe’s defining narrative, affecting every aspect of political, social, and cultural life. But afterWorldWar II, Europe began to reimagine statehood, rejecting ballooning defense budgets in favor of material well-being, social stability, and economic growth.
Where Have All the Soldiers Gone? reveals how and why this happened, and what it means for America and the rest of the world.
With remarkable insight and clarity, Sheehan covers the major intellectual and political events in Europe over the past one hundred years, from the pacifist and militarist movements of the early twentieth century and two catastrophic world wars to the fall of the BerlinWall and the heated debate over Iraq.This authoritative history provides much-needed context for understanding the fractured era in which we live.

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User Review  - Davidmullen - LibraryThing

Genuinely interesting, the author points out that displays of military vigor were wide spread in Europe at the start of the 20th century and all nations prepared for war by the end of the century ... Read full review

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User Review  - nmele - LibraryThing

This short (just over 200 pages) history of European warfare since the mid-19th century fascinated me. Sheehan points out the remarkably rapid evolution of states like Britain, France and Germany from ... Read full review


Without War There Would Be No State
Pacifism and Militarism
Europeans in a Violent World
War and Revolution
The TwentyYear Truce
The Last European War
The Foundations of the Postwar World
The Rise of the Civilian State
Why Europe Will Not Become a Superpower
Epilogue The Future of the Civilian State

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James J. Sheehan is the Dickason Professor in the Humanities at Stanford University and a former president of the American Historical Association. The author of several books on German history, he has written for the New York Times Book Review and the Times Literary Supplement, among other publications. He lives in Berkeley, California.

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