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Part I: The Reconstruction of Europe, 1918-1929 1: The Hall of Mirrors: Peacemaking in the West 2: Distant Frontiers: Peacemaking in the East 3: Revolution from the Left: The Soviet Union and the Post-War Settlement 4: The Primacy of Economics: Reconstruction in Western Europe, 1919-1924 5: The Primacy of Nationalism: Reconstruction in Eastern and Central Europe 6: Revolution from the Right: Italy, 1919-25 7: The Geneva Dream: The League of Nations and Post-War Internationalism 8: New Dawn? Stabilisation in Western Europe after Locarno 9: Faltering Reconstruction: Cracks in the Locarno Facade 10: Troubled Waters: Uncertainties in Italy, Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union 11: Faltering Internationalism: Disarmament and Security after Locarno Conclusion: Europe Reconstructed? Part II: The Hinge Years, 1930-1933 12: The Diplomacy of the Depression: Economics and Foreign Policy 13: Beyond Europe: The Manchurian Crisis 14: The Poisoned Chalice: The Pursuit of Disarmament Conclusion: The Hinge Years Appendices Select Bibliography

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Zara Steiner is Emeritus Fellow, New Hall, University of Cambridge.


...indisputably the most detailed and authoritative single-volume account of European international history in the fifteen years following the end of the First World War...[the work] affirms Zara Steiner's status as the pre-eminent historian of inter-war international affairs. Martin Conway, EHR 494 Zara Steiner has produced a splendid volume, chock full of detail and with many thought-provoking insights. It will remain a classic for many years to come. For those studying international business history it will serve as an excellent background reference manual to the period...If one were to ask for more it would be the second volume in the same vein. Derek H. Aldcroft, Business History

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